How to spot a great mentor

When looking for a mentor, ask former supervisors or others at your company for recommendations, experts advise. What you don't want: Someone who is too busy to develop a real relationship with you. "Good mentors set goals with their protégés, ask questions, do a lot of listening and create informal situations that allow them to introduce their protégé to other, high-visibility people in the company," says Stephen Xavier, an executive coach.

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