We Asked LinkedIn’s Influencers -- and Our Own Executives -- To Give Advice on Mentoring. Here’s What They Said.

August 19, 2015

LinkedIn Thank Your Mentor

One in three young people in the U.S. have never had a mentor, yet 55% of young people are more likely to enroll in college when they have one, according to a new study by MENTOR. We at LinkedIn feel that mentorship is incredibly important and these relationships can make a real difference in the lives of underserved youth.

We're asking our members to celebrate and acknowledge their mentors. Simply #ThankYourMentor by @mentioning them in a LinkedIn update with the hashtag. Take it a step further by signing up to mentor an underserved youth, or even join the likes of LinkedIn Influencers, like former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and GM CEO Mary Barra, and write a post about your mentorship experiences.

This has been a hot topic of late at LinkedIn, so we recently asked our executive team here at LinkedIn what makes for a good mentor/mentee relationship with your mentor and how to get started. Here's what they had to say:

  • "Chemistry is everything," says SVP of Global Solutions Mike Gamson.
  • "Be proactive about what it is you want to work with on your mentor. Show up prepared with what it is you want to talk about," says CMO and SVP of Corporate Communications Shannon Stubo.
  • "Make sure you find a mentor with shared values," says VP and General Counsel and Secretary Michael Callahan.
  • "Respect their time," advises SVP of the Global Talent Organization Pat Wadors.
  • "Don’t be afraid to ask," SVP of Engineering and Operations Kevin Scott.
  • "Make sure you have alignment of goals and perspective," suggests SVP and Chief Financial Officer Steve Sordello.
  • "Like all valuable relationships in our lives, you know it’s a right fit when you meet them," says Chief Executive Officer Jeff Weiner.

We hope you’ll join us, #ThankYourMentor, and help make a difference.

Want more mentoring advice? Read posts
here, then write your own. Use #ThankYourMentor and @mention your mentor when sharing.

*The advice included in this post was shared during an internal LinkedIn meeting and was approved by the executives mentioned.