Power Mentoring: How Successful Mentors and Proteges Get the Most Out of Their Relationships

Power Mentoring: How Successful Mentors and Proteges Get the Most Out of Their Relationships

by Ellen A. Ensher, Susan E. Murphy


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Written to reflect the realities of today’s business environment, Power Mentoring is a nuts-and-bolts guide for anyone who wants to create a connection with a protégé or mentor, or to improve a current mentoring relationship. Filled with illustrative examples and candid insights from fifty of America's most successful mentors and protégés, Power Mentoring unlocks the secrets of great mentoring relationships and shows how anyone (including those who are well established in their careers, or those who are just starting out) can become a successful mentor or protégé. Based on compelling interviews from Ellen Ensher and Susan Murphy’s own research, this important resource explains what it takes to develop a “power mentoring” network consisting of a variety of mentors across a range of organizations and industries. The authors provide strategies for establishing such power mentoring relationships, outline the best practices, and offer insights from mentors and protégés in a variety of fields including technology, politics, and the media.

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ISBN-13: 9780787979522
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/26/2005
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,093,614
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author


ELLEN A. ENSHER is an associate professor of management at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.

SUSAN ELAINE MURPHY is an associate professor of psychology at Claremont McKenna College and the associate dean of the Henry R. Kravis Leadership Institute in Claremont, California.

The authors will donate 50% of their profits from this book to three mentoring organizations: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Covenant House, and Special Games.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction to Power Mentoring.

Who Are Our Power Mentors and Protégés?

The Changing Career Landscape.

Overview of the Book.

2 The Many Faces of Power Mentoring.

Classic Versus Contemporary Approaches to Mentoring.

The Many Types of Power Mentoring.


3 Mentoring as a Two-Way Street: Benefits of Giving and Receiving.

Give-and-Take in Power Mentoring Relationships.

Road Map to This Chapter.

Meet the Power Mentors and Protégés: Stories of Give-and-Take.

Summary of Benefits for Protégés and Mentors.


4 The Mind of the Mentor.

Mental Models: The Philosophies of Mentoring.

The Mentor’s Attraction to the Protégé.

The Perfect Protégé.

Tests and Challenges.


5 The Protégé’s Perspective: How to Get and Keep a Power Mentor.

Initiation and Attraction.

Developing Trust in the Mentoring Relationship.

Identifying a Power Mentor.

Cultivating the Art of Impression Management.

Developing a Goal-Oriented Attitude.

Forming Connection Strategies.


6 Unlocking the Secrets of Great Power Mentoring Relationships.

Building Blocks of Effective Relationships.

Defining Moments.

Deepening the Mentoring Relationship.


7 Power Mentoring and You.

The Relationship Development Plan.


8 Conclusion: What We Have Learned About Mentoring in Today’s Work Environment.

Turning Everyday Mentoring into Power Mentoring.

What We Know About Effective Mentoring Relationships.

What We Are Still Learning About Mentoring Relationships.

The Lessons of Power Mentoring for Formal Mentoring Programs.

Getting a Formal Mentoring Program Off the Ground.


Appendix A: The Interviewees.

Appendix B: Studying Power Mentoring Relationships.



The Authors.


What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"A wonderfully useful and readable book about the underacknowledged significance of mentoring."
—Warren Bennis, author, On Becoming a Leader, and coauthor, Geeks and Geezers

"There are few career relationships as pivotal as the one with a mentor. This wonderful book takes readers deep into the chemistry of the best of these. Full of compelling stories to illustrate its lessons, it is a treasure trove of insights.
—Jay A. Conger, Kravis Professor of Leadership, Claremont McKenna College, and author, Building Leaders

"All successful people have someone in their life who helps them at various stages in their development. In Power Mentoring, one finds close-up examples of how mentoring has played an important part leading to individual success. This is one of the most important books on the subject of mentoring to be written in years."
—Henry R. Kravis, founding partner of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

"Power Mentoring adeptly bridges the academic-practitioner divide by providing practical advice that is firmly grounded in academic research and the authors’ own interviews with an amazing array of power mentors and their protégés. The result is a compelling, accessible, and engaging account of how to create, nourish, and flourish effective mentoring relationships. The book brings mentoring to life, and the reader quickly becomes captivated by the stories, accounts, and narratives of Power Mentoring. From Oprah to Spielberg to Welch—who can resist reading this book?"
—Belle Rose Ragins, professor of management, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and coauthor, Mentoring and Diversity: An International Perspective

"Mentoring is so important for any leader, small business owner or entrepreneur—this book is a must-read!"
—Charles Segars, head, Fine Living Cable Network, and executive producer of the movie National Treasure

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