4 Tips for Finding the Best Mentor for You

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Study after study shows that feedback is important. Trouble is, the higher up we go—the less feedback we get. Every leader needs to get feedback from those above and around them, otherwise they risk missing opportunities, valuable information, and advancing their careers.

And, it goes without saying that YOU are the one responsible for your own growth and development.

A mentor is a magic bullet for excelling.

4 tips for finding the best mentor for you:

  1. Seek mentors early in your career. Seeking mentors shows confidence, courage and ambition. Others know you “mean business.”
  2. Create a network of mentors. Change them as your career changes – opportunities and strengths evolve. We all need mentors! A few are lifelong (like my Dad and my first boss) but most change as your career trajectory changes.
  3. Use the power of the informal. Don’t ask someone officially to become your mentor. It is akin to asking someone to “go steady.” Know what your needs are and be specific about the skills, information, knowledge or guidance you’re seeking. It doesn’t have to be an official sit down “do you have time for lunch” type of meeting. It can be casual conversations at networking events, company functions or break room interactions.Find ways to forge connections through interests outside of work. The advice from experts is “make it personal.”
  4. Reciprocate! Offer to help your mentor. What nonprofit activities are they involved in? What workplace events interest them? Find work related projects in which to offer your assistance.

How might leaders find great mentors?

How might leaders be great mentors?

Diana Faison is a partner at Flynn Heath Holt, a leadership firm dedicated to moving women leaders forward faster. She began her career as a teacher of Leadership Development studies and a Dean in Student Affairs at Queens University and the University of North Carolina—Charlotte. Over the span of her career, Faison has coached clients in a wide range of industries, including professional services, global real estate, financial services, software development and healthcare.

Faison is a co-author on FHH’s latest book, The Influence Effect: A New Path to Power for Women Leaders, which offers a new path to power for women with more practical advice like the above.