Harvard Business Review

The Best Mentors Think Like Michelangelo

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Michelangelo approached the craft of sculpting with the conviction that a piece of art already existed within the stone, and his job was only to release it. We think the best mentors approach their art in the same way.

Social psychology teaches us that in the best romantic relationships partners sculpt one another by bringing each person closer to their ideal self — the person they want to be. A skilled mentor can affirm a mentee’s ideal self in a similar way...

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