The process of organizational and personal improvement can often be a daunting challenge, particularly for organizational and executive leaders. To address this process, the authors offer a cognitive learning strategy for any leader to consider as part of his or her personal development process based on the nexus of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's stages of grief, Benjamin Bloom's cognitive taxonomy, and Richard Schuttler's executive mentoring model. In a time when formal and informal leaders are needed to set a great example, the industry of mentoring (and coaching) appears to have many people trying to help others, yet perhaps not all of them have the foundational underpinnings of knowledge needed to fully understand the emotional reactions or steps to learning.