Higher Education Students
To explore the perceptions of leadership and self-esteem that women
students in their “middler” (third year of five) years as part of a cooperative
educational institution have of themselves.
The sample consisted of 12 women who were all presently
involved in student organizations but did not hold formal positions of leadership at
Northeastern University (Boston). Detailed descriptions and in-depth inquiry of the
women’s personal perspectives of their personal leadership and self-esteem
experiences were gathered via structured and open-ended interviews. All of the
students were in their middler year and 20 years of age. Each completed the LPI-Self
between the two rounds of interviews.
All findings from this research with women middler students at
Northeastern University illustrate the five practices of Kouzes and Posner present
in (their) model. Therefore, this model is one that women college students in this
study identified with” (p. 165).
All participants provided positive feedback with regard to this inventory.
One women said, “it was one of the most helpful tests she had ever taken,” and
another said, “the LPI confirmed for her what she had known about herself and her
leadership behaviors and tendencies.” “This helps me be more aware of my
leadership and how I may successfully or unsuccessfully interact with people.”
Another woman said, “I think I learned about myself more than anything else”(p.