ERIC Number: ED234296
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
What to Do until the Mentor Arrives? Professional Advancement Kit.
Moore, Kathryn M.
Mentoring is a form of adult socialization for professional-level and leadership roles, and plays a critical part in developing leadership for the academic administration of colleges and universities. Sexism in these high level positions means that men, who are most likely to be mentors, choose other men as proteges, leaving women without access to the top of the work structure. Interviews with mentors and their proteges have shown that the mentor serves as a link between the pool of qualified candidates and the inner circle of leadership. After selecting a candidate, the mentor provides his protege with opportunities to learn and practice, and to increase knowledge, performance, and motivation. A mentor is usually found through performing an important and visible task. Once chosen, the gates of the inner leadership circle begin to open for the protege and contacts are developed through a colleague system. The protege's competence is developed or tested by the mentor. The mentor ensures that the protege learns the standards of the leadership group; he also determines the trustworthiness of the protege, and maintains control of the leader selection process. The protege establishes trust by being available, accessible, predictable, and loyal. The disadvantages of the protege role include role entrapment and tokenism, both of which curtail professional growth. Women may not gain a mentor or access to high levels of leadership without a struggle, but rather than waiting to be chosen they can share the professional knowledge and power they currently hold. (WAS)
Descriptors: Administrator Selection, College Administration, Females, Higher Education, Leadership, Mentors, Position Papers, Power Structure, Professional Autonomy, Professional Development
National Association for Women Deans, Administrators, and Counselors, 1625 I Street, N.W., Suite 624-A, Washington, DC 20006.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Association for Women Deans, Administrators, and Counselors, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Center for the Study of Higher Education.
Note: For related document, see CG 016 891.