It's extremely important. It's always a great joy for me to be able to mentor younger colleagues as they work their way up the ranks. In fact for years I have hired young well-educated and hard working people to work directly for me in roles that give them great exposure across the entire breadth of the company. They take on critical and normally high stress projects while going back to school to get their Six Sigma black belts and other Lean manufacturing training.
It's very demanding work but their learning curve becomes quite accelerated. Inevitably these young people get noticed by divisional leadership who then recruit them away from me for key roles in their plants. I feel extremely pleased when that happens and I start the process over again with the next high potential AirBoss employee who is willing to pay their dues and put up with the short-term pain (and long-term gain) related to the frying pan and the fire.