Higher Education Students
To determine personal growth and development of leadership skills of the
participants at the highest Excellence in Leadership Program level.
The 57 students enrolled (Spring 1998) in the Excellence in Leadership
Program at Grand Valley State University were asked to complete the LPI. Eighty percent
agreed to participate (N=45). Most respondents were female (75%). Twenty freshmen
participated, 17 sophomores, 5 juniors and 3 seniors. The focus was on the six questions
connected with the leadership practice Modeling the Way as the dependent variable.
The Excellence in Leadership Program is expected to show an increase in
students' motivation, balance and confidence through their four years. “The research has
clearly displayed an increase in all of the six questions taken from the Leadership Practices
Inventory on ‘modeling the way.' Balance, motivation, and confidence do indeed increase
as students advance through the sequential Excellence in Leadership Program” (pp. 26-27).