Influence of supervisors leadership style on mitigating the lack of face to face communication associated with telecommuting

by Hines-McCoy, Tara R., D.B.A., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2016, 109 pages; 10141599


This research expanded the work of Madlock (2012) and showed no direct relationship between supervisors’ leadership styles who manage telecommuters. The research evaluated the leadership styles in the context of task-oriented and relational-oriented and its impact on mitigating the lack of face to face communication among teleworkers. This researcher analyzed task-oriented and relational-oriented leadership styles employed by supervisors by electronically surveying 300 telecommuters across various industries. The purpose of this research was to examine the influence of task oriented and relational oriented leadership styles in alleviating the lack of face to face communication among telecommuters. All of the participants were telecommuters. In the study, task and relational leadership styles were the independent variables. Telecommuting and communication were the dependent variables. Overall findings confirmed that neither age nor gender of telecommuters impacted the leadership style exhibited by their supervisors. The results of this study did not provide support for the Hersey Blanchard Leadership Theory. The results did not show that mature teleworkers impacted the leadership style delivered.

AdviserGregory C. McLaughlin
Source TypeDissertation
Publication Number10141599

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