Peculiarities of Leadership Perception by Modern International University Students

  • Alla Vavilina
  • Olga Gorlova
  • Anna Sardarian
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Business and Economics book series (SPBE)


The article analyzes the way students perceive leadership and leader’s personality qualities at the modern international university. The article provides the results of the author’s original questionnaire survey of students in the Economics Faculty of Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University) on the perception of leader’s personal qualities, the key characteristics of the modern leader, and the priorities for training leaders in the institution of higher professional education. For example, students consider self-confidence, independent nature, willingness to risk, public speaking skills, and a good sense of humor as the most important leader’s merits. The students indicated the lectures delivered by the well-known heads of companies, practical trainings provided by training companies, and specialized courses in leadership within the university curriculum as the basic necessary measures to develop leadership skills at the university. The respondents described the following as the leadership skills, which need to be developed: self-confidence, independent nature, public speaking skills, willingness to risk, and good intuition. The survey resulted in conclusion that most students consider it advisable to purposefully develop leadership skills and demonstrated their willingness to participate in the process of their leadership formation within the framework of higher professional education.



This paper was financially supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation on the program to improve the competitiveness of Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University) “5–100” among the world’s leading research and education centers in the 2016–2020.

The authors are grateful to the students of the Management Department, the Economics Faculty, RUDN University, for their active participation in the survey; the results of which were included in the article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN)MoscowRussian Federation

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