Some of my mentors and confidants from throughout my career have included CEO of Kmart and Target, Guy Russo; Chairman of Mortgage Choice Australia, Peter Richie and former CEO of Optus and McDonald's, Bob Mansfield AO.
I never had to explicitly ask these people to be my mentor; our relationships grew over time. However, developing a group of mentors was a very deliberate choice on my part and although organic, still took effort.
Numerous studies around the world show a mentoring relationship has benefits for both the mentor and mentee.
It has the potential to encourage learning, enhance personal and professional growth and increase confidence among other benefits.
Having mentors has influenced how I approached tough decisions and given me the ability to help see all sides of an issue as well as leading to faster, more effective solutions.
However, while I now mentor a number of young women inside ANZ and out, I’m careful not to give prescriptive advice.
If the primary purpose of entering a mentoring relationship is because you think they have the power or position to influence your career, the relationship won’t work.