The Mentor's Perspective: A Qualitative Inquiry and Future Research Agenda

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The present study employed a qualitative research strategy for examining mentoring from the perspective of the mentor. A total of 27 mentors participated in in-depth interviews regarding their experiences as a mentor. The research focused on investigating issues related to the decision to mentor others. To meet this objective, four major areas of inquiry were examined: individual reasons for mentoring others, organizational factors that influence mentoring, factors related to mentor–protégé attraction, and outcomes associated with mentoring for the mentor. A number of interesting patterns of results were revealed through content analysis of the interview responses. Based on the results and an integration of other theoretical research, a series of propositions were presented to stimulate future research efforts.

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Journal of vocational behavior, v. 51, issue 1, p. 70-89