Effective Orientation Advisors are Also Leaders

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Fall 1997


National Association of Student Personnel Administrators


A study examined the extent to which students involved in campus orientation programs regard themselves as leaders, whether engaging in leadership behavior affects students' effectiveness as orientation advisers, and whether the leadership practices of orientation advisers are related to new students' level of satisfaction with the orientation program. The participants were 24 male and 54 female orientation advisers. It was found that the orientation advisers' leadership behaviors were directly related to their own assessments of effectiveness and to those of the members of their orientation groups and that new students' level of satisfaction with the orientation program was directly related to their perception of the leadership behaviors of their orientation adviser. The implications of the findings for the selection and preparation of orientation advisers are discussed.