Mentoring relationship typology training Universities Nigeria


Mentoring is defined as the process by which an experienced, productive and knowledgeable senior employee helps to develop a less experienced employee called the protégé. It is one of the approaches of staff career development. Since there are basically two approaches to mentoring relationships, the purpose of this paper is to examine the appropriate mentoring approach to be developed in Nigerian universities for performance improvement and organizational effectiveness. A critical review of relevant literature suggested that for the choice of a mentor, he or she should be able to remain objective to give good career advice to the protégé and therefore someone who does not have direct supervising responsibility is preferable. On this note we recommended that formal mentoring should be in place in Nigerian universities. This will effectively checkmate the output of the junior academics in term of quality research and good teaching.

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