The Role of Mentoring in Great Leadership

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Organizational Unit

University College, Organizational Leadership


Organizational Leadership

First Advisor

Louise Vaughn


20th century, Characteristics, Greatness, Leader, Leadership, Mentor, Traits


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.

Publication Statement

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