Keywords

Mentoring, social network status, career development, social intelligence, emotional intelligence

Abstract

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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Graduation Date

2012

Semester

Spring

Advisor

Jentsch, Kimberly

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

College

College of Sciences

Department

Psychology

Degree Program

Psychology; Industrial and Organizational

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0004308

URL

http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/CFE0004308

Language

English

Release Date

May 2012

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)

Subjects

Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences, Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic

Restricted to the UCF community until May 2012; it will then be open access.

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