ERIC Number: ED318073
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
A Student Perspective on Leaders and Leadership.
Pruitt, Randall P.
A survey involving 98 speech communication majors enrolled in a leadership communication course at a large midwestern university was conducted to determine what students in the field of communication think regarding leadership. Respondents were asked for their opinions regarding the ideal traits of leaders, how leadership has changed in the last 100 years, professions and individuals who set positive and negative examples of leadership in today's society, and advice they would offer to future leaders. Results revealed that leaders need to possess strong personal ethics and should view their leadership roles as service to others rather than an opportunity to fulfill self-interests. Results also revealed that political leaders, television evangelists, and professional sports figures were examples of leaders held in low esteem while educators, coaches, and religious leaders provided examples of positive leadership. Further study into students' views on leadership is called for. (KEH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Communication Association (Detroit, MI, April 5-8, 1990).