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Creating Successful Mentoring Programs: A Catalyst Guide

This study provides all the necessary information needed to create a formal mentoring program that works in your organization. Packed with more practical tips and practices, this guide contains added evidence that mentoring is critical to career advancement.

The study draws on past Catalyst research conducted through surveys, focus groups, and interviews in all of the best practice areas across industries.

The study found that: 

  • Mentors can be useful resources in finding out what performance expectations are.
  • Mentors are critical for women managers seeking to find a style with which male managers are comfortable. 
  • Exclusion from networks, lack of mentoring, and absence of women role models are the key barriers to women’s advancement in firms. 
  • Different types of mentoring programs all share, among others, the following fundamental success factors:
    • A link to business strategy,
    • Leadership commitment,
    • Devotion of adequate resources,
    • Supportive culture, and
    • Realistic participant expectations.