Effects of Mentoring on the Development of Leadership Self-Efficacy and Political Skill



This study of 260 business graduate students considered the relationship between mentoring and leadership self-efficacy, and mentoring and political skill. Comparisons between nonmentored and mentored individuals showed that having a mentor was associated with increased political skill but not with increased leadership self-efficacy. Among mentees, higher quality mentoring relationships were associated with significantly higher leadership self-efficacy but not with significantly higher political skill. Results suggest that the presence of a mentor affects protégé development of political skill, but the quality of the relationship is important for protégé development of leadership self-efficacy.