How to Know Which Kind of Mentor You Need

Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. To sign up for a free subscription to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here.

Mentors help you advance in work and life. But don’t wait for someone to take you under his wing. Seek out people who can help you.

The first step is to figure out which mentor will best meet your needs:

The co-mentor. This can be anyone—a colleague, a friend—who needs you as much as you need him. Find a co-mentor if you have a specific skill to learn and something to teach in return.

The remote mentor. This is someone outside your organization who can offer objective advice. You may need a remote mentor if you are looking for a fresh perspective and you’ve already exhausted closer resources.

The invisible mentor. You don’t have to have a personal relationship with this mentor. You learn from observing and following her example

Today’s Management Tip was adapted from Guide to Getting the Mentoring You Need. To check out the 43-page booklet and join the discussion, please click here.

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