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How important is it to have a mentor? Is it really necessary or is it just another hoop to jump through? You already have a boss. Isn’t that the same thing? Isn’t that enough?
The importance of mentoring as a career advancement tool shouldn’t be underestimated. If you ask any successful woman what helped her move up the career ladder, she probably will mention the importance of a mentor. In fact, she might mention two or three mentors—different ones for different points in her career.
What can a mentor do for you? The answer to that question depends on your goals and what area of career or leadership development you need to address or advance. Keep in mind that the focus of the mentoring process should be on you, the mentee. While there may be (and often are) some benefits for the mentor, you and your career should be front and center.
This publication contains excerpts from books in the Smart Women Book Series and blogs from StartSmartCareerCenter.org. It covers many of the basics of mentoring including how to find a mentor and how to establish guidelines and timelines. It also covers the essential elements of the mentoring process such as trust, confidentiality, and shared commitment, as well as possible pitfalls such as incompatibility and boundary issues. In addition, suggestions are given for transitioning to a new mentor and ending a mentoring relationship you have outgrown.
Finally, the authors stress that mentoring is a leadership skill you can—and should—acquire. When the time is right, you can move into the mentoring role yourself, and you can help other women advance in their careers. Does mentoring matter? It does. It matters greatly.
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