Perceived Leadership Skills Gained Through Participation of SOUL and Appol Corps Programs
||Perceived Leadership Skills Gained Through Participation of
SOUL and Appol Corps Programs
||Crystal Ford, Jayne Greene, and Kayla Richardson
Appalachian State University
Unpublished research paper: May 2013
The purpose of the study was to examine the impact of student
participation at Appalachian State University (Appalachian) in
Student Orientation Undergraduate Leaders (SOUL) and Appol
Corps on leadership skill development.
SOUL student leaders (8 men and 12 women: 83% response rate)were
surveyed following summer orientation and Appol Corps student leaders
(39 men and 71 women; 53% response rate) were surveyed at the end of
welcome week. A focus group was held for students participating in SOUL
and another for students participating in Appol Corps. Additionally a
survey and focus group was done with a control group of students (8 men
and three women) who were not affiliated with SOUL or Appol Corps.
Respondents completed the Leadership Practices Inventory.
SOUL participants showed higher on all five leadership practices
than the control group, and three of these reached statistical
significance (Inspire, Enable and Encourage). Likewise, those involved
in Appol Corps reported higher frequencies on all five leadership
practices than the control group, and all of these were statistically
significant. The authors also found that “student participants in both
SOUL and Appol Corps focus groups were found to be more engaging in
dialogue and were able to articulate their variety of leadership skills
more clearly; whereas, student participants in the control group
provided limited responses to the questions” (p. 17).
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