By Corbette Doyle and Bill Krueger

In the last column, we discussed strategies for mentees. Now we will turn to suggestions for how mentors can maximize the mentoring relationship—and turn down requests when appropriate.

Mentors: listening skills, asking good questions, confidentiality

She Wrote (Corbette):
All too often, successful people find themselves overwhelmed with requests to be a mentor. This is particularly true for individuals who find themselves in a minority position, like executive women or men of color.

He Wrote (Bill):
IDEAS: would you be willing to talk about the mentors role in getting individuals to reflect and/or to think strategically, eg  Rather than answer your questions, the best mentors help you ask the right questions and search for your own answers. When relevant, they share their own experience as an example

In the next column we will discuss the role a sponsor can play for intra and entrepreneurs.

About the Authors:
Corbette Doyle launched her dream career as a lecturer at Vanderbilt University after corporate careers as both an intrapreneur and a Fortune 500 global chief diversity officer. William (“Bill”) Krueger is a senior executive with almost 30 years of experience in the automotive industry and a life-long student of leadership practice.