Contribution of Generic Skills to Leadership Skills

By Rodiah Idris, Siti Rahayah Ariffin and Noriah Mohd Ishak.

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The research is carried out to identify the contribution of generic competency towards undergraduates’
leadership. Future leaders require generic skills in order to govern holistically. Integrated
generic skills in the teaching and learning context are transferable. Quantitative research has been
employed via Malaysia Generic Skill Instrument (MaGSI). It has been constructed by National University
of Malaysia (UKM) researchers. MaGSI instrument which comprises of 13 constructs with 74 items
has been administered to 1,008 randomly chosen undergraduates in 12 UKM faculties. MaGSI respondent/
item reliability which ranges from 0.86 to 0.98 is considered as high. Stepwise multi-regression
analysis reveals communication skills are the main contributor in undergraduates’ leadership. Excellent
communication skills will aid the undergraduates in disseminating information to others. Meanwhile,
Teamwork, Entrepreneur, Etiquette, Managerial, Social Responsibility, Critical Thinking and Problem
Solving Skills have also contributed in undergraduates’ leadership. In addition, the research could
act as guidance and indicator to undergraduates, researchers, universities and stakeholders. They
could properly plan integration of the generic competency skills in the university teaching and learning.

Keywords: Malaysia Generic Skill Instrument(MaGSI), Leadership, Communication Skills, Multi-Regression Stepwise Analysis

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 17, Issue 12, pp.195-210. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 683.220KB).

Rodiah Idris

Assistant Director, Schools Divison, Ministry of Education Malaysia, Putrajaya, Putrajaya, Malaysia

Rodiah Idris as the Assistant Director at Ministry of Education Malaysia (MOE), Block E2, Level 4, Schools Division, Complex E, Federal Government Administrative Centre 62604 Putrajaya, Malaysia. Academic Qualification in Degree on statistic, Master in measurement and evaluation and now as a PhD student at National University of Malaysia – UKM (waiting for viva around June 2010). Specialization in Educational Measurement and Evaluation. Experience in education area about 16 years. Interested to develop the test in social science area to improve teaching and learning. Research area that I am interested in is intelligence quotient (IQ) test, generic skills test, multiple intelligent test and diagnostic test. Interested to present the paper in evaluation area and teaching and learning.

Siti Rahayah Ariffin

Dean, Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Prof Datin Dr Siti Rahayah Ariffin as the Dean at Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) or National University of Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia. Academic Qualification - Degree on Biology Education, Master in Science Education and PhD in Measurement and Evaluation in Education at Glasgow University. Specialization in Educational Evaluation and Measurement. Experience in education about 25 years. Research area - in is intelligence quotient (IQ), Emotional Intelligent, Multiple Intelligent, Diagnostic Test, and Performance Evaluation.

Dr. Noriah Mohd Ishak

Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Assoc Prof. Dr. Noriah Mohd Ishak as the lecturer at Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) or National University of Malaysia , Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia. Academic Qualification - Degree on Mathematic, Master in Science and PhD in Guidance and Counselling, Holistic Heal at W.Michigan. Specialization in Psychology and Counselling. Experience in education area about 25 years. Research area - in is intelligence quotient (IQ), Emotional Intelligent.

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