Mentoring relationships play a critical role in career and organizational success yet little research has explored how mentors and protégés choose each other before beginning a productive mentoring relationship. We integrate the selection and trust literatures to describe a mentor's and a protégé's evaluation of each other before initiating a mentoring relationship. Our conceptual framework distinguishes between a mentor and a protégé in their assessments of the other's potential for organizational citizenship behaviors and perceived organizational support, respectively, and how those assessments are contingent upon perceptions of benevolence. We conclude by outlining the implications of this conceptual model for effective mentoring relationships in the workplace.
Fleig-Palmer, Mkhelle M.; Lear, Janet L.; Palmer, David K.; and Luethke, Tiffani
"How Do Mentors and Protégés Choose Each Other? The Influence of Benevolence, OCB, and POS on the Initiation of Mentoring Relationships,"
Journal of Business & Leadership: Research, Practice, and Teaching (2005-2012): Vol. 8
, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholars.fhsu.edu/jbl/vol8/iss1/5