As a system we know we have a recruitment issue, moreover we have a retention issue, perhaps we can mend the leaky pipeline of early career teacher attrition if we invest more in our mentors.
To be effective, there needs to be an emotional connection. Mentoring is a feelings and values-driven process. Mentors need to consider how to start building this relationship, in a virtual way, with their mentees from September.
It is an interesting lens through which to review your leadership identity. I have reflected on different stages of my career and who I have leaned on.