The Role Leader Competence Plays in the Trust-Building Process.
Master's thesis, 2 Aug 95-7 Jun 96,
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This study focused on testing a portion of Kelley and Thibauts trust-building model. This model asserted that an individual could earn an attribution of dependability by behaving cooperatively, sharing similar interests, and sharing interdependence with the other person. The model suggested that an individuals competence was a separate factor and that it did not influence the earning of an attribution of dependability. However, the author hypothesized that in military leader-follower relationships, competence was a significant factor in a leader earning an attribution of dependability. In addition, the author hypothesized a strong, positive relationship between a leaders perceived dependability and the followers willingness to trust the leader. Similarly, the author hypothesized a strong, positive relationship between followers trust in the leader and their willingness to be influenced lead by the leader. The hypotheses were tested using a two-by-two factorial design which manipulated leaders competence and Kelley and Thibauts three factors for earning an attribution of dependability as one variable. The results supported all hypotheses.