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The word senpai is of Japanese origin and refers to a person who is a leader. A kohai is someone who is less experienced, such as a student or entry-level employee, who can learn from a senpai.

What Small and Midsize Businesses Need to Know About Senpai

The relationship formed between a senpai and a kohai in a business envrionment is often mutually beneficial as passing on knowledge and skills generates a sense of value for the mentor and teaches the student crucial skills that they will utilize throughout their career.

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