Influence of mentoring on achievement motivation in leadership role as perceived by extension workers in Iran
Roya, Karami and Ismail, Maimunah and Abdul Wahat, Nor Wahiza and Omar, Zoharah (2011) Influence of mentoring on achievement motivation in leadership role as perceived by extension workers in Iran. In: 12th International Conference on HRD Research and Practice Across Europe:Sustaining Growth Through Human Resource Development, 25-27 May 2011, University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham,UK.
Purpose-The purpose of this paper is to examine the influence of mentoring on achievement motivation in leadership role by considering the mediating effect of self-efficiacy. The study focuses on extension workers because leadership is a fundamental task of these human resource professionals. Design/Methodology/Approach-The respondents of this study were 123 extension workers of Jihad-e-Agriculture organizations of Kermanshah and Tehran provinces, Iran. Sample size was determined using Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) procedures. A questionnaire was prepared as the instrument of the study and it was distributed using 'drop-and-pick' procedures to the respondents. Achievement motivation was measured through three dimensions, namely aspiration, mastery and salience. Self-efficacy was assessed using General Self-Efficacy Scale (GSE).Mentoring was measured based on its career function. Findings-The study results show that extensions workers' self-efficacy is significantly increased by mentoring, and self-efficacy is positively related to achievement motivation. The study further supports the partial meadiating effect of self-efficacy on the relationship between mentoring and achievement mootivation of the extension workers. Practical implications-The study has practical implications in mentoring at the workplace. Organizations could see the potential of mentoring as a powerful learning and development strategy which could be used in employee training at workplace. Originality/Value-This article offers a valuable insight into the role of mentoring on achievement motivation in leadership role by considering the mediating effect of self-efficacy based on the context of extension system in Iran.
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