Assessing Leadership Skills in Students


Leadership Skills in Students

Leadership is one of the most essential skills in the list of transferable skills. Whether you are a student, job seeker or an established person seeking career growth, the one important skill that employers never fail to question you about is your ability to lead or demonstration of your leadership abilities. No matter what level you are taking in your career path, employers expect you to exhibit leadership skills at work.

Even if you are a fresher seeking an entry-level job, job providers will ask you to show evidence for your skills in the interview. Preparing an evidence-based curriculum vitae or resume helps you to stand out in the crowd of applicants.  In higher educational institutions, students learn the art of writing evidences for their skills using different techniques such as STAR technique (Situation, Task, Activity and Result) or WHO technique (What did you do?, How did you do it? and what were the Outcomes of the task) in order to convince the prospective employers.  Invariably, evidences for leadership skills are included in the Curriculum Vitae and interview candidates will have to prove their mettle in interviews.

So, what are the factors that come under leadership skills? How can you assess leadership skills in students and confirm that a student possesses the skills? Well, there are several theories and knowledge-sharing addressing these questions. You will find ample explanations, perspectives and research findings on assessing leadership abilities in students. Still, the topic stays expandable and experts/scholars add more studies and literature to existing knowledge every day.

Qualities of a Leader:

The qualities of an effective leader are many and varied. However, following are the desired qualities in a leader. Studies on leadership skills mostly focus on these factors.

  • Assertiveness
  • Risk-taking
  • Goal-oriented
  • Commitment
  • Confidence
  • Team spirit
  • Perseverance
  • Honesty
  • Delegation
  • Communication
  • Liaising
  • Initiative
  • Optimistic
  • Independent
  • Positive attitude
  • Creative and innovative

A sample questionnaire covering the above factors is available here. Click to download the questionnaire.  Leadership Skills in Students Questionnaire