The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between student leadership at the University of Central Florida, and the benefits and drawbacks that may result from this involvement. Student leadership is defined as the number of clubs and organizations a student is involved in and how many roles or titles a student has in those organizations. Student leadership benefits is defined as students feeling a higher sense of self efficacy, a greater chance of post-graduation success, and feeling as if they earned more opportunities due to their student leadership. Drawbacks of student leadership include feeling overworked, stressed, burnt out, and role strain. Work-life balance is defined as the number of hours a student spends working in their roles or collegiate responsibilities relative to the number of hours they spend on themselves. This study is going to explore the significance between student leadership and the benefits and drawbacks that students may experience from their leadership activities, as well as the relationship between their work-life balance and those benefits and drawbacks. This thesis will inquire upon the many facets of student leadership and the feelings that culminate due to these acquired responsibilities. For this research there are three Hypotheses. H1: The greater a student’s involvement in student leadership, the more likely they are to experience a higher sense of self efficacy and competence, as well as more opportunities and more confidence in post-graduate success. H2: The greater a student’s involvement in student leadership, the more likely they are to experience role strain, role overload, and feel more burnt out. H3: Students leaders who demonstrate the characteristics of a work-life balance are better able to reduce the negative impacts of student leadership than those who do not demonstrate the characteristics of a work-life balance.
Seigler, Daniel J.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Community Innovation and Education
Marchione, Alyssa J., "Collegiate Leadership and Involvement at UCF: A Study on Leadership Limitations, Benefits, and Creating Balance" (2020). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 732.