PERCEPTION OF LEADERSHIP IN SMALL GROUPS.
STANFORD UNIV CALIF GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
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Three hundred thirty-four men were studied in four and five man discussion groups. Some groups met for four sessions. An outside observer counted the number of times each man talked. Discussion group members rated the others and themselves on Participation, Best Ideas, Guidance, and Leadership. Discussion group members rated the others only on Being Liked. Subjects took a nine instrument personality test battery. At the end of the course subjects plus other class members rated each other on their positive and negative choices for Boss, Emotional Maturity, and Friend and Associate. There were no clear cut role differentiation at the end of four sessions. Peer ratings for positive and negative boss correlated significantly with current grade point average but not very much with test scores. There were some significant differences between the extreme performers in the small discussion groups on their peer ratings. There were a few significant personality test differences between the extreme performers in the small discussion groups. Author