Do mentor and protege personality interact to predict quality of mentoring?
Morrison, Marylee Ashley
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The current study investigates what makes formal mentoring relationships effective by examining the influence of protégé and mentor personality in the prediction of perceived relationship quality. Relationship quality was also examined as a possible mediator between mentor/protégé personality and certain protégé work attitudes. Cross-sectional data was collected from matched counselor-clinical supervisor dyads across the U.S. Mentor/protégé personality did not have an interactive influence on relationship quality for four of the five personality factors, indicating that personality similarity may not be important for this type of relationship. Protégés who are lower in neuroticism and higher on conscientiousness reported higher quality mentoring relationships as well as protégés whose mentors were moderate in extraversion. Relationship quality was strongly related to protégé job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and turnover intentions, and functioned as a mediator between mentor/protégé personality and some protégé outcomes. Implications, limitations, and directions for future research are discussed.