Ask the Trainer: What Is the Best Way to Identify Effective Mentors?


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Q.  What is the best way to identify effective mentors, and how do you know who will be right for the job?


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A. Ask for volunteers, says Jackie Glenn, a “cultural architect” and author of a new book, Lift as I Climb: An Immigrant Girl’s Journey Through Corporate America.

To be an effective mentor, employees must genuinely be interested in mentoring. If, on the other hand, an employee agrees to be a mentor for the “wrong reasons,” such as to please his or her boss or simply to strengthen his or her résumé, the employee is not likely to be as dedicated to the endeavor. The person “has to really want to do it” and be “up for the challenge of…


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