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The mentor identity

Expertise takes up a lot of time and energy to maintain. You have to work hard to stay at the leading edge of your field, updating your knowledge and staying on track with the latest developments. It is sustainable for a while, but if you want to ease up at some point, it's time to become a leader.

Instead of staying at the leading edge of your field, shift your emphasis to building teams to accumulate such knowledge. Leadership as a teacher means turning your attention to forms of knowledge needed to lead others, like communication, how to inspire greatness, how to coach people.

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Acquiring enough knowledge and experience will lead your time as a reporter to end. You will start to develop your own taste and form your own opinions about your subject.

One invisible but important trend in the world today is that everyone is becoming a teacher. Managers teach their reports. Marketers educate their customers about their solutions. Analysts teach their clients how to interpret data.

No matter where you are in life, people around you could benefit from your knowledge - employees, colleagues, followers and customers, or even your children.

When you first start looking into a subject, you probably know very little about it. At this point, you feel you don't have much to offer. Yet you do.

You often don't choose to become a mentor, but other people decide for you. They make you their mentor.

Mentorship is limited to people you know and can influence directly. However, if you want to expand your reach and impact without working harder, you can take on a teacher's identity as a role model.

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