“Play offense: Don’t wait for someone to assign a mentor to you. Go out and find one! Don’t be hesitant to ask your current or previous manager for recommendations and introductions.
Realize that not all great leaders are great mentors for you. Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t work!
And finally, don’t expect your mentor to set the discussion agenda and become your personal or professional problem-solver. Go to him or her with what you’d like to talk about, work on, thoughts on solutions to a problem, etc., and allow the mentor to assist you with thought leadership that you can utilize now and later in your self-service tool belt.”