Upgrading From Your Mentor May Accelerate Your Career

Upgrading From Your Mentor May Accelerate Your Career

New research suggest African American men benefit less from mentors who are similar to them

by #teamEBONY, January 08, 2012

Upgrading From Your Mentor May Accelerate Your Career

It's not what you know, it's who you know.

The old saying “birds of a feather flock together” holds true, according to research done by the University of Georgia. They found that Black men do not receive the same measurable benefits from networking and having a mentor as their White counterparts. This may not have to do with how Black men are rubbing elbows, but who they’re rubbing elbows with. “If African-American men are picking mentors who are like them, then they’re more likely to be networking with people who have less power and influence within an organization, which may be why mentoring is not predicting career success for them,” says the study’s co-author Lillian Eby. In other words, because Black men tend to have mentors and social networks that are largely populated by other Black people and minorities, they are less likely to be networking with the big time movers and shakers than a White male who can find people who look like him in leadership roles far more easily. As Black people are often underrepresented in positions of power and influence, we aren't able to provide the same guidance that others who have the juice can offer. *deep sigh* Thoughts? 

Read it at The University of Georgia.



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