The effects of one leadership training program on behavioral and skill change in community college division chairs and other organizational leaders
This study determined the effects of leadership training on behavioral and skill change in community college division chairs and other organizational leaders. In particular, the study explored the effects of participation in the Academy for Leadership and Development offered by the Chair Academy. The Academy included an introductory week-long session, a year-long practicum and a final week-long session. During the practicum, the participant worked with local and Academy mentors, engaged in reflective journaling and implemented an individualized professional development plan.
The population for this study included approximately 350 chairs and other organizational leaders who began participation in the Academy between January 2003 and December 2004. Three data sources were used in this study: Bass and Avolio's Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ), the Academy's Leadership Skills Perception Survey (LSPS) and an instrument developed by the researcher known as the modified Leadership Self-rating Survey (mLSS). The MLQ and LSPS were administered by the Academy to both each participant and their respective supervisor. These assessments were given prior to weeks one and two of the Academy and six months after completion of the Academy. The mLSS was given six months to two years after completion of the Academy.
An analysis of the data indicated a large percentage of participants in the Academy did perceive change in their leadership behaviors and skills. The analysis showed participant perception of their full-range leadership behaviors was generally in agreement with MLQ assessment results. The study also found that the Academy led to promotion for some participants, it helped many participants acquire new skills, and the behaviors and skills taught by the Academy had varying degrees of use and importance in the participant's job. When asked on the mLSS if they would recommend attending the Academy to a colleague, 100% of the respondents indicated they would recommend attending. Also, a majority of the respondents described their Academy experience in a very positive manner.
0275: Community colleges