Personality Predictors of Protégé Mentoring History

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Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Ellen A. Fagenson-Eland, School of Management, Mailstop 5F5, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030. E-mail: efagenso@ som.gmu.edu or fagenson@osfl.gmu.edu

Abstract

The present study identifies personality characteristics that are predicted to be associated with protégé status in a series of mentoring relationships, an area of research that has not been explored previously. Predictors of mentoring history identified are need for achievement, need for dominance, self-esteem, and tension dissipation. A MANOVA, using number of previous mentors as the independent variable and 4 personality characteristics (need for achievement, need for dominance, self-esteem, and tension dissipation) as outcome variables, showed a significant relationship. Univariate follow-up tests indicated that the number of previous mentoring relationships was significantly associated with need for achievement, need for dominance, and self-esteem, but not tension dissipation. Results are discussed in terms of protégé development, and directions for future research are suggested.

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