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Mentoring Mexico’s Power Elite

Roderic Ai Camp

in Mexico's Mandarins

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520233430
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936386 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233430.003.0002
Mentoring Mexico’s Power Elite

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This chapter presents striking evidence that supports the belief that mentors are crucial actors in determining many characteristics of the power elite. The general literature on mentoring in postmodern societies concludes that collectivist cultures like Mexico give stronger support to mentoring than individualistic, organizational cultures, and that mentoring is a “key resource for the development of power in organizations,” affecting a protégé's rank, career track, and position of power. Mentors play multiple roles among power elites. In Mexico, the mentor has functioned as a recruiter, as a networker, and as a socializer. Family is the dominant locale for mentor-disciple relationships among capitalists; consequently a kinship connection produces this linkage. There is a powerful linkage in Mexico between influential leadership and mentors.

Keywords: power elite; Mexico; mentors; mentoring; recruiter; networker; socialize; family; leadership

Chapter.  6519 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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