Mentoring, social network status, career development, social intelligence, emotional intelligence
Mentoring is an important means of developing talent. Typically, mentoring involves two individuals – a mentor, who provides career development and psychosocial support to a less experienced counterpart (the protégé). Because mentoring is related to several desired outcomes such as career advancement, and job satisfaction, it is important to understand which individual characteristics are important to obtaining or providing effective mentoring. It is also necessary to examine potential but unconfirmed outcomes of mentoring such as social network status. This study examined the relationships between several individual characteristics, namely social intelligence and emotional intelligence, and mentoring relationships. In addition, this study examined the relationships between mentoring and social network status. In this nonexperimental study, there were several unique relationships among these constructs. The results indicate a person‟s social intelligence is indicative of their status as a mentor (or not a mentor) but is not related to status as a protégé (or not a protégé). In addition, a mentor‟s perception of the costs and benefits of mentoring were explained by the protégé‟s social intelligence and emotional intelligence. A mentor‟s social intelligence also explained the quality of the mentoring given. Finally, a mentor‟s social network status was related to the protégé‟s social network status but this relationship was not due to the mentoring received. This study provides one of the first examinations of the relationship between mentoring and social network status and provides areas for future research and practical considerations.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Sciences
Psychology; Industrial and Organizational
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences, Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic
Flowers, Lakeesha A., "The Relationship Between Mentoring And Social Status At Work: A Social Network Status Study" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2128.