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Every successful woman or man I’ve spoken with says that they never could have gotten where they are without a mentor. Do you have one? Are you leveraging that relationship? There are different types of mentors. Today, I’ll address mentors who work at your organization.
When selecting a mentor, look for someone who has what you want—someone who has attained a position, knowledge, or strategy that you would like for yourself. A person like this can help guide you toward your version of success. Keep in mind that your mentor does not have to be a woman! I’ve seen women hold themselves back because they insisted on finding a female mentor, and were still waiting while others had gotten male mentors and were on their way to achieving their goals. If you don’t have a mentor, think of someone you would like to approach. If you can’t think of anyone now, be on the lookout for people who could potentially serve as mentors.
Next time, we will discuss the unique nature of the mentor/mentee relationship. Please feel free to get in touch if you’ve taken any action as a result of reading my posts this month—I would love to hear from you!
—Simma Lieberman, Career Coach