Many mentoring initiatives fail, many mentors don’t know what they are meant to be doing and meetings between mentor and mentee are often reduced to “having lunch”, suggests research. Senior leaders working as mentors, and their mentees, reported that most initiatives were not very successful and the results disproportionate to the time invested, according to research by Diversity-in-Leadership among around 50 mentors, mentees and leadership development professionals. Mentors reported that they often didn’t really know what to do in their role and were unsure how much they were supposed...

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