The Purpose and Place of Mentoring for Women Managers in Organisations: An Australian Perspective

  • Lisa Catherine EhrichEmail author
  • Megan Kimber
Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)


Mentoring has been identified as an important career development activity for women managers. Over the last four decades, organisations world-wide have implemented formal mentoring programs for women and for members of minority groups in recognition of the personal and professional benefits mentoring provides, not only for mentees but also for mentors. This chapter reviews the literature on mentoring and the contribution it can make to the career development of women managers. It reviews several inter-related bodies of literature: women’s representation in management positions worldwide; theories and frameworks of mentoring; empirical research exploring the impact of mentoring relationships on women managers’ career development; current illustrations of formal programs offered to women managers in the public and private sectors in Australia; and some critical issues that continue to impact women managers in relation to mentoring relationships. The chapter concludes by making an argument for further research on gender and mentoring.


Mentoring Women managers Mentoring relationships Career development 


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  1. 1.School of Cultural and Professional LearningQueensland University of TechnologyKelvin GroveAustralia

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