Leadership in action: student leadership development in an event management course

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 28 June 2011




Marcketti, S.B. (2011), "Leadership in action: student leadership development in an event management course", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 25 No. 4. https://doi.org/10.1108/dlo.2011.08125daa.008



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Leadership in action: student leadership development in an event management course

Article Type: Abstracts From: Development and Learning in Organizations, Volume 25, Issue 4

Marcketti S.B., Arendt S.W.II and Shelley M.C.Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 2011, Volume: 32 Issue: 2, Start page: 170, No. of pages: 20

Purpose – examines the leadership practice scores and leadership behaviours of students before and after participation in an event management course. Design/methodology/approach – a mixed methods approach was utilized. The Student-Leadership Practice Inventory (S-LPI) was administered to a sample of 184 students in three semesters of an event management course. Students completed the S-LPI at the beginning and at the end of the course. The students also wrote reflections of their leadership behaviours and understandings. Findings – results of the study showed that students’ mean leadership scores increased significantly for all practice areas between pre and post. Also, all correlations between pre and post scores were statistically significant, indicating that responses at pre and post followed similar patterns, with students who scored higher on the pre-test also tending to score higher on the post-test. Reflections from students demonstrated significant understanding of effective leadership behaviours and learning. Research limitations/implications – the sample was college students enrolled in an event management course at one university; therefore results may not be generalized to all students. Practical implications – results of this study suggest that involvement in an event management course in which students were engaged and responsible for the outcomes of their learning may have positively impacted these students’ leadership behaviours. Originality/value – this paper furthers the knowledge base and understanding of students’ leadership growth through involvement in a university course as measured by the S-LPI.Article type: Research paperISSN: 0143-7739Reference: 40AG960

Keywords: Development, Individual behaviour, Leadership, Students

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