The mentor-mentee relationship between Billy and Betsy transformed into a buddy relationship and is working out very well. Billy and Betsy are happy that they are able to support each other.

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A great leader:

  • Has confidence in her abilities and is self aware;
  • Is personally committed and actively works to continuously improve herself;
  • Surrounds herself with people who complement her;
  • Builds strong network relationships;
  • Acts on constructive feedback.

How to best handle the situation:

A buddy is someone:

  • You can bounce ideas off;
  • To help you stick to your goals;
  • To encourage you (and vice versa) and;
  • To collaborate with.

People are more likely to be innovative and creative if they have a support system behind them. If they have someone validating what they are doing is right and encouraging them to their best, then they build more confidence in themselves.

With a buddy at work you don’t have to tackle all work challenges by yourself. The right work buddy can help you overcome obstacles and find new and creative ways to approach problems. It leads to personal development and knowledge sharing for both parties. Two heads are better than one!

Learning suggestions:

  • If you are going through a rough time professionally, a work buddy might be a good solution for you. The following criteria are important to find the right one; S(h)e should be:
    • Someone you respect;
    • Someone who understands your work (s(h)e should understand enough of your work to give you constructive feedback, make suggestions, act as a sounding board, etc.);
    • Someone who knows how to motivate you to keep working;
    • Someone who also needs your help: it is important to need each other. (This could be someone who i.e. needs your skills, experience, network or your unique insight).
  • Other ways to build two-way support partnerships:
    • Spend time building solid network relationships within your company
    • Join a LinkedIn group and other external networks of professionals to discuss issues in your field;
    • Join professional networks from different industries and organizations to participate in round table discussions on the opportunities and challenges you face;
    • Attend conferences, seminars, webinars etc. on trends/developments in your area of expertise;
    • Find a buddy on our Femsquare;
    • Enter into a Femleadership Expert Power Partnership.
  • Make reading a daily habit. Research has shown that reading keeps leaders smart, creative and social. For those who want to lead, reading is not a nice to have; reading is a habit that successful leaders consider critical to their success. Leaders are readers!


Did you ever have a colleague who helped you become more productive? How did you experience such a relationship?

Femcommunity tips:

We welcome your thoughts, experiences and comments on how you would deal with such a situation.


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