How does leadership education shape students’ definitions of leadership? Insights from the Multi-institutional Study of Leadership
Kaufman, Eric K.
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The Multi-institutional Study of Leadership (MSL) is an international research program focused on understanding the influences of higher education in shaping socially responsible leadership capacity and other related student outcomes. While there have been numerous reports on the quantitative findings from the MSL, the published research tends to ignore data from the qualitative prompt: “Please provide a brief definition of what the term leadership means to you.” By coding and categorizing those responses, we are able to explore the relationship between the students’ definitions and their participation in leadership education program activities. This poster will highlight emerging findings from one institution’s MSL data, including analysis of 1,570 definitions of leadership.