Mentoring in academe: How women and men perceive differently the qualities and characteristics of their mentoring relationships.
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This paper describes male and female mentor and mentee perceptions about the qualities and characteristics of their mentoring relationships. Two rounds of interviews were conducted. First, 24 mentors and mentees (12 mentoring pairs), representing all four possible gender combinations of mentee-mentor were interviewed. Ten years later, 16 of those participants were re-interviewed. At both points in time, males and females reported having very positive and beneficial mentoring relationships. However, they voiced differently the qualities and characteristics of their relationships: women focused more on relational aspects such as collaboration, collegiality, and the process of the relationship, and men tended to focus more on position/power, outcomes, and achievements. Implications for mentoring relationships and programs are discussed.