If you ask any successful female business executive how they got to where they are, most will tell a story of working hard, following a non-linear career path, and building relationships with others and learning from them. Like our male counterparts who often thrive on networking and relationship-building, we have the power to do the same – just in our own way.
While so vital to a woman’s success, the word “mentoring” may have a certain stigma to you. Yet however you choose to embrace the principles, finding a good mentor or taking on a mentee could be an excellent focus for your 2014 Resolutions/Goals list.
- Mentoring can be as formal or informal as you’d like it
- There are lots of places to get involved in mentoring: Professional organizations, alumnae chapters, chambers of commerce, or your own human resources
- Becoming a mentor is a great way to give back
- Key to a productive mentor-mentee relationship is each sharing and helping each other
So consider branching out this year, deepening your relationships, and find a mentor and/or mentee – your career and your sanity will be thankful.
Looking to learn more? Check out the Huffington Post’s Mentoring Women Blogs.