Analysis of Factors Contributing to Leadership Skills Development among SEGI University Students
It is generally believed that Academic environment provides avenue through which Leadership skills are acquired. The process of acquiring leadership skills does not involve only formal teaching, but other factors which may not be part of curricula of the schools. However, it is not known which other factors help in building students’ Leadership skills. Therefore, this study is designed to explore the major factors that contribute to leadership skills development among SEGI university students.The study used a sample of 200 respondents which were drawn from SEGI University students, Malaysia using simple random sampling technique. Structured questionnaire was used to collect data from the respondents. Data were analysed using factor analysis. The result of the factor analysis after varimax rotation produced a total of seven factors. These included Team Work, Ability to influence others, Accountability, Conflict management ability, Role model, Interpersonal skill and Mentoring. These factors account for 63.8% of leadership skills development among the students. Based on the findings, the study concludes that academic institutions provide a good avenue for grooming future leaders. It was also recommended that similar research should be carried out in African countries for comparative purpose.
Key words: Leadership skills, Factor analysis, Leadership development.