Carolyn Lawrence, editor of Canada’s Women of Influence, says she’s surprised to still encounter women who don’t know how to find a mentor. So at last November’s event gathering the magazine’s annual list of the Top 25 Women of Influence in Canada, Lawrence asked these successful women for some tips on mentoring.
Claudia Hepburn, executive director of The Next 36, a program for entrepreneurs, suggests that women show not only that they are eager to advance but also that they are coachable. “Show that you have promise, and you’re willing to hear good feedback and change course, and do better,” she says.
You can’t just ask another woman executive to mentor you, says Wendy Cukier, Vice President Research and Innovation, and Founder & Director, Diversity Institute, Ryerson University. People don’t like to be asked and, as a result, such connections are frail, she says. “The best mentors are often women that you establish a relationship with, that you find a connection with,” says Cukier. “And then it develops – and it takes on its own natural progression. And some of the best mentors you might never have the conversation about whether or not you’re a mentor or a mentee. But you know it—and they play that role for you, and they’re happy to do so.”
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