The Contingency Model of Leadership Effectiveness and Its Implications for Military Managers.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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The research was an effort to assess the validity of Professor Fiedlers Contingency Model of Leadership Effectiveness within an operational military organization. The model and the theory that it represents postulate that leadership effectiveness is contingent upon the leadership style motivational structure of the work group leader and three situational variables the favorability of leader-member relations group atmosphere, the degree to which the primary group task is clear or ambiguous task structure and the degree of formal authority which the organization bestows upon the leader position power. The three situational variables establish the degree of situational favorability for the leader with good group atmosphere, a structured task, and high position power being the highest degree of situational favorability. Leaders can be identified as being primarily task oriented or primarily interpersonal relationship oriented. Modified author abstract