Date of Award

Fall 2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Curriculum, Instruction, and Leadership

First Advisor

Richard Shrubb


My study explored socially responsible leadership and its relationship to leader efficacy and resilience in college students. The investigation also examined the role of gender and race in these relationships. The study employed the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL), which assesses student and educational outcomes relevant to the values underlying the Social Change Model of Student Leadership. The MSL utilizes the Socially Responsible Leadership Scale (Tyree, 1998) as a foundation but also includes measures of leader efficacy and resilience. Utilizing archival data from the 2015 administration of the MSL, my sample (N=840) included equal numbers of males and females equally distributed across seven broad racial groups. The results of the analysis revealed positive relationships between socially responsible leadership capacity, leader efficacy, and resilience. Differences in socially responsible leadership capacity exists between racial groups, but not between genders. Neither gender nor race modified the relationships between leader efficacy, resilience, and socially responsible leadership capacity.