I am a team lead in a tech company, and I'd like to know if it's taboo to ask an engineer on the team to mentor me in leadership. This individual does not report to me of course, but I am in a leadership position on the same team.
The engineer was a successful manager for several years, left the corporate world to pursue entrepreneurship, then came to our company as an engineer. He didn't pursue management again because he wanted to be hands-on again.
I have quite a bit of respect for this person, and I believe they can help me navigate corporate politics and give advice on handling situations.
I can definitely see a potential conflict of interest, but the topics I wish to discuss are mostly interactions with my manager and other teams.