Burden or blessing? Expected costs and benefits of being a mentor

Belle Rose Ragins, Terri A. Scandura

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We investigated the relationship between anticipated costs and benefits of being a mentor, mentoring experience, and intentions to mentor among a sample of 275 executives. Individuals lacking mentoring experience anticipated greater costs and fewer benefits than experienced individuals. Anticipated costs and benefits were related to intentions to mentor, and this relationship varied by mentoring experience. The results suggest that mentoring may be an intergenerational process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)493-509
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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