Accession Number:

ADA161441

Title:

Air Force Mentoring: the Mentor's Perspective

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

121.0

Abstract:

Mentoring is defined as a relationship between a senior member and a junior member of an organization in which the senior member is influential in molding and shaping the career of the younger member. Recent articles have focused on conceptualizing the mentoring phenomenon and examining how it effects the individual and the organization. This thesis found that nearly two-thirds 61.1 percent of those surveyed 112 Air War College designees reported having been involved in a mentor-protege relationship at some point in their career. While this research found that individuals who had mentors were no more likely to be promoted ahead of their unmentored counterparts, it did conclude that officers assuming the role of mentor were significantly more satisfied with their job than those who had not assumed the mentoring role. Additionally, proteges perceive their mentors as having significant influence on their careers. The most important roles played by the mentor, from the proteges perspective, are those of role model and sponsor. The most important roles played by the mentor are those of advisor and teacher. Still others, who did not have a mentor, perceived the mentoring process in negative terms whereby undeserving officers who are sponsored or protected by a mentor received choice assignments over more deserving candidates. In summary, Air Force and private sector mentoring work in much the same way. Mentoring accelerates the learning of the technical, human, conceptual, and diagnostic skills.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE