Degree Name

EdD (Doctor of Education)


Educational Leadership

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Louise L. MacKay

Committee Members

Amber E. Kinser, Eric S. Glover, Terrence A. Tollefson


This qualitative study was designed to review the history of women in leadership and to evaluate the identified facilitators of success for women in leadership positions. Participants were asked to identify the facilitators that they considered important to their success. The facilitators were then compared to determine the most commonly occurring and the most influential among those cited by the participants. The results reflected those facilitators such as mentoring programs, training programs, as well as informal opportunities. Emotional intelligence was also examined in the context of this research.

The findings of this qualitative study yielded the facilitators of success as identified by successful women leaders. Facilitators identified included familial or parental support, intrinsic motivation, educational opportunities, professional growth opportunities, emotional intelligence and mentors.

Document Type

Dissertation - unrestricted


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