Title

Mentoring in Business Organizations: Implications of Not Mentoring Potential Leaders

Author

Lois M. Evers

Date of Award

8-16-2012

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Leadership and Organizations

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Department

Leadership & Organizations

Advisor

Bea Jennings

Keywords

The influence of not mentoring potential leaders

Abstract

Mentoring in business organizations is recognized as a development opportunity that provides significant benefits to mentors, protégés, and organizations, yet two-thirds of U.S. businesses operate without mentoring programs. It is important to understand the long term implications of not mentoring potential leaders so that future workplace environments can improve and facilitate prosperous talent development. In this study, formal, informal, and negative mentoring relationships are examined. The influence of mentoring in attracting and retaining talent is explained. Best practices in mentoring programs are identified and compared. The experience of a non-mentored leadership team is evaluated through primary research, revealing the meaningful consequences of not mentoring potential leaders. The study concludes that mentoring, if well-executed, is an exemplary development method in business organizations leading to improved performance and retention.

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