The Mentoring Relationship: Its Impact on the Leadership and Professional Development for Women

  • 2013

The Mentoring Relationship: Its Impact on the Leadership and Professional Development for Women

Author:
Anna Buryk
Abstract:

The purpose of my thesis is to inform others about the mentoring relationship and its impact on leadership and professional development for women. In this thesis, I present a general overview of mentoring, its psychosocial and career functions, and distinct phases. I discuss the characteristics, benefits, and challenges of both formal and informal mentoring and provide examples of formal and informal mentoring programs that have personally and professionally benefited women. I present research on the mentorship of military women, which has recently become a topic discussed by military leaders. Military women are also involved in formal and informal mentoring programs and experience challenges across the various military branches. Research has shown a number of formal and informal mentoring programs that have launched women into senior positions, allowing them to broaden their opportunities for career success. The mentoring relationship allows women to gain greater self-confidence, develop their abilities, and enhance their careers; however, additional efforts are still needed to take the lead in developing strong, female leaders in today's stiff business competition.