A Study on Graduate and Undergraduate Students’ Aspects of Leadership Characteristics

By Rosadah Abd Majid, Siti Fatimah Mohd Yassin, Noriah Mohd Ishak, Ahmad Puaad Othman, Riza Atiq Abdullah O.K.Rahmat, Sity Daud and Hamizatun Akmal Md Yusof.

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Students going through the process of education at the tertiary level are expected to possess good leadership skills. These skills are essential and need to be developed among the students via the informal and formal educational system. A group of students from the faculty of education were given the Leadership Assessment Instrument to rate themselves on aspects of leadership skills. Their responses were analyzed to give five traits of leadership characteristics: focused drive, emotional intelligence, building trust or enabling others, conceptual thinking, and systems thinking. It was found that mean scores for all the characteristics were higher for the graduate students as compared to the undergraduates. The highest mean score for both groups of students was within the trait of emotional intelligence, and the lowest mean score for both groups was within the trait of conceptual thinking. The findings showed that many students have the competency to understand and master their emotions and those of others. However, many of them lack the competency of conceiving and selecting innovative strategies and ideas for the organization, and thus needed more enhancement in these areas.

Keywords: Leadership Skills, Emotional Intelligence, Conceptual Thinking, Graduate Students

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp.153-162. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 801.086KB).

Dr. Rosadah Abd Majid

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education , Department of Educational Foundation,, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, UKM, Malaysia

Dr. Rosadah Abd Majid is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). She teaches special education courses and is actively involved in research work and publications. Her special area of interest is in gifted education and special educational needs among students. She is also actively involved in teaching and learning in higher education. Her work has been presented at various international conferences on the gifted and talented at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom and at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. She was one of the administrators in charge of the special gifted school at UKM. Her responsibilities included teacher selection, student selection, and designing the curriculum for the school. Dr. Rosadah was a deputy director for curriculum development and innovation at the Centre for Academic Advancement, UKM. Her present work involves studying leadership characteristics among UKM students.

Dr. Siti Fatimah Mohd Yassin

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Department of Educational Foundation, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, UKM, Malaysia

Dr. Noriah Mohd Ishak

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education,, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, UKM, Malaysia

Ahmad Puaad Othman

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, UKM, Malaysia

Riza Atiq Abdullah O.K.Rahmat

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, UKM, Malaysia

Sity Daud

Head of Quality Assurance (Teaching and Learning), Centre of Academic Advancement, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, UKM, Malaysia

As the Head of Quality Assurance (Teaching and Learning), I am also the Management Representative for the implementation of ISO9001:2008 for teaching and learning processes of undergraduate and graduate programmes. Findings of the study is essential for continual quality improvement in teaching and learning processes. Our concern is to identify the students’ perspectives on the quality management system in place. This job is very related to my academic qualifications and teachings in the political economy of East Asia.


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