Accession Number:

ADA127904

Title:

A Dyadic Interactive Approach to the Study of Leader Behavior

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept. 1975-1976

Corporate Author:

PURDUE UNIV LAFAYETTE IN

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1975-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

138.0

Abstract:

Eighty male college students assigned roles as supervisors and workers performed experimental tasks in a study focused on 1 the degree of leader-follower compatibility, 2 Vertical Dyad Linkage VDL versus the Average Leadership Style ALS analysis of leader behavior, and 3 the general problem of assessing leader behavior on the basis of subordinate description. Results indicated that compatibility in the leader-member dyad appears to be an important element in the group setting. It is related to performance rating satisfaction and the leader behaviors perceived by group members. However, the strength of the observed relationships must be tempered by the post hoc nature of the compatibility measure. Moderate statistical support was shown for the superiority of the VDL approach to understanding leader behavior effects on member responses. The data also demonstrated that individual members of the group do not provide valid ratings of the leaders behavior toward individual subordinates.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Humanities and History
  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE