Title

The Role of Mentoring in Great Leadership

Date of Award

6-4-2010

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Organizational Leadership

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Department

Leadership & Organizations

Advisor

Louise Vaughn

Keywords

20th Century; characteristics; greatness; leader; leadership; mentor; traits

Abstract

What makes a person a leader? Why do some coworkers choose to lead within their own organizations while their peers are comfortable following them? What makes a great leader so great? Was it because they had a mentor in their life that helped foster their growth or was it sheer determination and willpower already genetically coded in their DNA that made them successful? Leadership characteristics and the role mentoring played (if any) of three Twentieth Century leaders will be explored as well as one corporate mentoring program will be featured. The data suggests it is a combination of early exposure to leadership scenarios and leadership traits, not a formalized mentor program that makes a person a great leader.

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