This small demonstration project examined the effects of offering a Leadership Forum to first year students in the Faculty of Business and Economics at The University of Melbourne. This project surveyed these students to examine what factors influence young people’s motivation to lead.
One group comprises of students participating in the Faculty of Business and Economics’ annual First Year Leadership Forum. The forum is an intensive full-day leadership program involving a workshop on effective leadership, a team building exercise, and an expert panel of leaders from industry and the not-for-profit sector.
The forum participants and a group of non-participants were surveyed before and after the program to assess what factors impact on their leadership capabilities and motivation to lead. The study found that even a small intervention such as a one day workshop on leadership improved motivation to lead and that leadership attributes were developed in students who attended the Forum.