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Distal Mentoring: An Antidote to Toxicity?

R Washington International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring 2013

Failures in mentoring relationships threaten outcomes and can lead to chronic damage to participants. This paper reports on findings from a recent doctoral study to establish how a developmental mentoring model would impact toxicity. Using a case study of a regional public services mentoring scheme operating a developmental mentoring model, findings indicated toxicity may be avoided when a ‘distal’ model of mentoring is adhered to. The paper explores the significance of a professionally or organisationally distant mentor in the prevention of toxicity.

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