Higher Education Students
The purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between
self-perceptions of psychological types and empowering leadership practices of
women student leaders.
The sample consisted of 200 women student leaders
(response rate 92%) at a major public research university (University of Florida).
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Form M (MBTI) and the Student Leadership
Practices Inventory were completed, along with some demographic information.
The mean age of respondents was 20.2 years, 61 percent were Caucasian, with
typically one year of leadership (organizational) experience, and 70 percent were
Correlation analysis revealed that extravert was significantly
positively correlated with and introvert was significantly negatively correlated
with all five leadership practices. There was a significant correlation between
sensing (negative)/intuition (positive) with Challenging and a significant
correlation between judging (negative)/perceiving (positive) with Enabling.
ANOVA showed a positive effect for extravert with all five leadership practices, a
negative effect for sensing with Challenging, and a negative effect for judging
A logistic regression analysis demonstrated that only the leadership practice
of Inspiring was related to the respondent’s organizational position; not significant
for the other four leadership practices. ANOVA revealed no significant results for
the five leadership practices and length of leadership experience. Logistic
regression showed no significant results for gender composition of organizational
membership and the five leadership practices.
“Descriptive statistics demonstrated that the means on all five Student LPI
subscales for the sample and the sample population of women student leaders were
similar” (p. 66).