Some Male Senior Executives Avoid Becoming Mentors To Younger Women

Some male senior executives avoid becoming mentors to younger women because of their fear of possible sexual harassment claims against them (as retribution for a romantic relationship that ends badly) or office gossip suggesting the mentoring pair are having a romance. Do you think it is reasonable for male executives to have fears about what could evolve or be suggested about professional relationships with female managers? How could a woman seeking a mentor go about cultivating a mentoring relationship with a male senior executive, being aware that some men have reservations about establishing close professional relationships with women due to office gossip or the possibility of a romantic relationship that results in the male having to defend himself against charges of sexual harassment?

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