The Social Sciences

Year: 2015
Volume: 10
Issue: 4
Page No. 544 - 550

Does Developing Students’ Leadership Attributes and Leadership Motivation Affect Their Career Choices? A Case Study of Malaysian Undergraduates

Authors : Jamaliah Abdul Hamid and Jeffrey Lawrence D`Silva

Abstract: Youths in universities gain wide exposure through socialization with peers and lecturers and involvement in a variety of campus activities. The exposure to different role sets and role models foster leadership attributes and leadership motivation that may influence their future career aspirations. Efficacy and socio cognitive theories have shown how efficacy beliefs may persuade individuals to believe in their ability to perform in specific functional domains. If this is the case, there is some probability that leadership efficacy beliefs might orient students to be drawn to specific types of work that enable them to enact their leadership abilities. This study examines the premise of this hypothetical assumption amongst 711 Malaysian undergraduates in four public universities. Leadership attributes is measured by leadership skills and motivation while career choice used Schein’s career anchor typology. Results indicated that leadership attributes and motivation do indeed predict choice of certain careers over others.

How to cite this article:

Jamaliah Abdul Hamid and Jeffrey Lawrence D`Silva, 2015. Does Developing Students’ Leadership Attributes and Leadership Motivation Affect Their Career Choices? A Case Study of Malaysian Undergraduates. The Social Sciences, 10: 544-550.

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