Dysfunctional Mentoring

By Penny Wood and Joanne D. Leck.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Dysfunctional mentoring is a very broad term that describes all forms of negative mentor-protégé experiences. Most of the literature on this subject is still fairly recent and examines the topic of negative (or toxic) mentoring from an all-encompassing perspective. This paper will include all experiences that are deemed negative regardless of the severity of their outcomes. Additionally, this paper will focus on the literature of mentoring that generally involves adults in the workplace setting instead of specific sub-populations, such as high-risk populations (e.g. offenders) or youth.

Keywords: Mentoring, Dysfunctional Behaviour

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp.19-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 567.211KB).

Penny Wood

University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ms. Wood works as a Human Resource analyst with Canada’s Federal government. She is also pursuing a Master’s in Management at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Joanne D. Leck

Associate Professor, School of Management, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Leck is the Associate Dean (Research) at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management. Her research interests include employment equity, the management of diversity and workplace violence. She is currently working on a three year research grant from the Social Sciences Research Council of Canada on the topic of mentoring


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