Magazine article Talent Development

Girl Talk: Most Women Have Never Had a Mentor-But One Thing Can Change That

Magazine article Talent Development

Girl Talk: Most Women Have Never Had a Mentor-But One Thing Can Change That

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What do women like Meg Whitman, Indra Nooyi, Oprah Winfrey, and Hillary Rodham Clinton have in common? Yes, they all have successful, high-powered careers. But they each also had mentors whom they credit with helping them succeed.

The benefits of mentoring-especially for women-have been well documented. But according to a recent study by DDI World, 63 percent of businesswomen have never had a mentor.

The study found that one of the main reasons for this is women's reticence in asking to be mentored. "It's like walking up to someone and asking them to be your friend, and no one does that," responded one participant in the study.

Fear of rejection may be preventing women from speaking up, but 71 percent of women in the study report that they always accept invitations to be formal mentors at work, and the overwhelming majority of women said they would mentor if they were asked. "The bottom line is if you want a mentor, you just need to ask," write the study's authors. …

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