Table 5

Responses of dental students, SPDL alumni, and national dentists regarding their leadership-related attitudes, by mean (SD)

CategoryStudentsSPDL AlumniNational Dentistsp-value
General views on leadership
 How important is it for you that you are a good leader in your profession?4.53 (0.72)4.62 (0.55)4.03 (0.90)<0.0001
 How important is it for you that your peers think of you as a leader?4.35 (0.88)4.34 (0.94)3.67 (1.05)<0.001
 How important is it for you that dentists take a greater leadership role?4.29 (0.77)4.41 (0.84)3.96 (0.87)<0.001
 How important is it that we have at least as many leaders in dentistry as there are in other professions?3.98 (1.04)4.09 (0.86)3.96 (0.98)0.751
 How effective are you as a leader in your profession?4.21 (0.75)3.67 (0.88)3.35 (0.98)<0.001
Index: general views on leadership (alpha=0.821)4.27 (0.61)4.24 (0.58)3.80 (0.73)<0.001
Views on practice efficiency
 How important is it that you are a good leader in your practice?4.73 (0.56)4.97 (0.18)4.64 (0.60)0.002
 How important is it for you that your patients think of you as a leader?4.59 (0.68)4.59 (0.84)4.38 (0.78)0.002
 How effective are you as a leader in your own practice?4.48 (0.61)4.06 (0.63)4.05 (0.70)<0.001
Index: views on practice efficiency (alpha=0.606)s4.61 (0.48)4.53 (0.39)4.36 (0.51)<0.001
  • Note: Response options ranged from 1=not at all to 5=very much.