W hat is a mentor? And who needs one? According to Webster’s, a mentor is a trusted counselor or guide, a tutor or coach. Given that definition, we all need one. Actually, we need many, throughout our work lives.

Does your organization provide mentors for new hires, high potentials, or special leadership programs? If they do, and they offer you one, say yes. But if they don’t have formal mentoring programs or you’re not included, don’t wait for someone to offer to mentor you. Identify what you want, and then seek those with the wisdom you need. You will find them, right where you work.

I searched for a mentor. I wanted someone who had “been ...

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