School of Education


Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)


Ellen Lowrie Black


leadership, performance, faith-based, university, education


Education | Educational Leadership


Leadership is a topic that is often researched. Most research surrounds the management's leadership and how it affects the environment and people around them in an academic institution or the instructional leadership of instructors and how it affects students. There is little to no research done on students' leadership styles and how these various leadership styles affect their academic performance. The importance of this study surrounds the need to understand students to better cater to them. By understanding students' leadership styles and their effects on academic performance, instructors can better cater to the needs of these students to prepare them for the rest of their educational journey. This study will be done by conducted by running an ANOVA test. Data would be collected through a questionnaire that is entirely voluntary for students to part-take in, and the target audience would be current residential undergraduate students from any course and program offered by the school of education within a faith-based institution and have completed ENGL 101 - Composition and Rhetoric. Bivariate regression analysis would then be used to establish the strength of the relationship between the leadership styles of students and their academic performance. The results of the study were that there was no statistical difference in academic performance among the transformational leadership style, the transactional leadership style, and the passive-avoidant leadership style among students. Future research should be done in the areas of multiple faith-based institutions with an increased population and testing across the areas of age, gender, and ethnicity.