U.S. students’ beliefs about leadership

By Sarah Stawiski, Jennifer Deal, & Bill Gentry
Center for Creative Leadership


Educational institutions recognize how important leadership skills are for students’ long-term success at work and in life and that like many skills such as math and writing, it is important for people to begin developing and practicing those skills as early as possible. While there is broad-based recognition of the importance of helping students develop their leadership capabilities, there is limited empirical research regarding young people’s beliefs about leadership. This paper shares the results of 116 students’ beliefs about what it means to be a leader.


Stawiski, S., Deal, J. J., & Gentry, W. A. (2014). U.S. students’ beliefs about leadership [White paper].Center for Creative Leadership. https://doi.org/10.35613/ccl.2014.2035

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