Title

Protégé Selection by Mentors: What Makes the Difference?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-12-2000

Keywords

Protégé, Potential ability, Need, Montor

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1099-1379(200005)21:3<271::AID-JOB44>3.0.CO;2-K

Abstract

This study examined protégé characteristics that mentors reported were most influential when choosing a protégé. Based on existing research, two variables were identified related to protégé selection: perceptions regarding the protégé's potential/ability and perceptions regarding the protégé's need for help. The relationships of these two factors with perceived barriers to mentoring others, mentor advancement aspirations, and mentor gender were investigated. Data from 282 mentors revealed that mentors were more likely to choose a protégé based on perceptions regarding the protégé's ability/potential than based on perceptions regarding the protégé's need for help. Additionally, women were more likely to choose a protégé based on the protégé's perceived ability than were men.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Journal of organizational behavior, v. 21, issue 3, p. 271-282