Many of the most accomplished professionals and leaders I’ve encountered point not to mentors as sources of guidance and inspiration, but rather to a particular workplace peer-level partnership as having been critical to their success.

A person you trust to bounce ideas around with … often ideas that you might be uncomfortable sharing in a broader work group setting. Someone who will be more likely to provide you with the unadulterated feedback on your performance and/or how you are being perceived by others. A source who is comfortable challenging how you frame problems and potential solutions. Someone you trust to help you navigate the most difficult of professional situations.

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