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Transformational and transactional leadership development through participation in collegiate student organizations at Texas A&M University
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The purpose of this study was to examine the development of transformational and transactional leadership skills among collegiate student organizational officers and members. The objective of this study was to determine whether formal leadership training influences their leadership skills and discover if experience in leadership positions impacts transformational and transactional leadership. This study looked at the organizational structure of each group and gender to determine if these variables were influencing factors. Ultimately this study determined how past leadership experience impacts collegiate student leaders' self-perceptions of transformational and transactional skills. A correlational design was used for this study. The population consisted of two collegiate student organizations at Texas A&M University. One sample consisted of 100 officers and members of the Class Council during the 2000-2001 academic year. The other was a group of 90 officers and members of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council during the 2000-2001 academic year. The study was conducted at the organizations' monthly meetings. Each student was given a packet that contained a cover letter, an informed consent and the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire. This study found that the leadership courses offered in high school and college did have a significant impact on the development of student leaders' transformational skills. Students' participation in extra-curricular organizations in high school greatly influenced their leadership skills. Students who had experience in leadership positions were more transformational than those without positions. The student leaders' greatest transformational leadership quality was Idealized Influence (Attributed). Female student leaders tended to be more transformational than male student leaders. The type of organization did not influence what type of leader emerged. The following recommendations for action were based on the findings and conclusions of this study. The opportunity to experience and practice these leadership skills is an influencing factor; therefore, high schools and colleges should encourage students to get involved in extracurricular activities. It is important to continue to foster an atmosphere that encourages role models, but it may be important to offer more activities and courses that enhance the students' ability to motivate others, mentor fellow students, and encourage new ideas and creativity.
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Hanselka, Mary Katherine (2001). Transformational and transactional leadership development through participation in collegiate student organizations at Texas A&M University. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from
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