Superordinate Role Flexibility as a Function of Role Preference, Pressure, and Perception of Subordinates.
WICHITA STATE UNIV KANS CENTER FOR HUMAN APPRAISAL
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A sample of forty-eight pairs of superordinates and subordinates were selected from missile operations crews. Since each superordinate responded to each of three subordinates on the SSET, it was possible to relate not only his contengent role responses but also to operationally define his flexibility in terms of his range of scores on each of the three superordinate roles being measured. The findings indicated that they responded with counteractive role patterns rather than the long term adaptive roles found in earlier studies. They claimed to use authoritarian roles with rebels, permissive roles with ingratiators, and equalitarian roles with critics. Long term data indicates the opposite behavior to exist. Flexibility seemed to be more closely related to the superordinates own roles than those of subordinates. Permissives were least flexible and equalitarians the most.