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ERIC Number: EJ1062859
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0897-5264
An Exploration of Students' Motivation to Lead: An Analysis by Race, Gender, and Student Leadership Behaviors
Rosch, David M.; Collier, Daniel; Thompson, Sara E.
Journal of College Student Development, v56 n3 p286-291 Apr 2015
This exploratory study examined the motivation to lead of a random sample of 1,338 undergraduate students to determine the degree to which motivation to lead can predict leadership behaviors. Results suggested that students' internal self-identity as a leader positively predicted behavior, while their "social normative" motivation to lead (i.e stemming from the groups to which they belong) served as a negative predictor. These effects emerged even when controlling for self-identified leadership skill and confidence in leading. While no gender differences in motivation levels emerged, students identifying as Asian and Asian American reported lower degrees of motivation to lead compared to their peers, indicating a need to more deeply examine the unique pathways to leadership among students with regard to racial identity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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