In my first coaching conversation with a client, I ask: “Do you have a mentor, or someone you turn to for advice”? Because… Mentoring is the secret sauce that helps people realize their full potential. Although some people find mentors by accident, many don’t know how to find a mentor.
How to Find a Mentor…
- Develop a profile of your ideal mentor: their knowledge, skills, experience, achievements. What impresses you about them? What do they have that you want?
- Approach the individual who best fits your ideal profile. Rather than telling them you are looking for a mentor, take a softer approach such as, “From time to time I’m looking for someone to give me some advice about my career and I value your expertise. Would you be willing to meet with me for 30 minutes in the next few weeks?
- Share what you would like to learn and their related experience.
- Define your expectations about how frequently you want to meet.
- Request a second meeting. If they are reluctant, move on to other potential mentors.
If you are interested in learning about mentoring or CORE’s other leadership development services, please contact me, Joan Hill, at
(905) 990-2515 or firstname.lastname@example.org