A study of the relationship between self-categorization and leadership styles of ROTC students

by Atwood, Royal Christopher, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2017, 166 pages; 10245186

Abstract:

This quantitative, non-experimental, explanatory, cross-sectional, survey research study explains the relationship between full range leadership theory and self-categorization theory. The target population of this study includes military leadership students of the United States Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). Forward stepwise multiple linear regression was used to explain the relationship between the three full range leadership theory leadership styles and self-categorization theory trait variables. Three dependent variables of Transformational, Transactional, and Laissez-Faire Leadership Style Indexes were tested with nine independent variable indices of Conservatism, Patriotism, Warriorism, Charismatic/Value-Based, Team Oriented, Self-Protective, Participative, Humane-Oriented, and Autonomous. The results of this study support that a statistically significant relationship exists between full range leadership theory and self-categorization theory. A clear relationship was established between Transformational Leadership Style and the cross-cultural leadership attribute Humane-Oriented. A clear relationship was also established between Transactional Leadership Style and the Future Officer Survey value of Warriorism. No statistical significance was established between Laissez-Faire Leadership Style and the nine independent variables used in this study. These findings suggest that group values can be used as a predictor of leadership style within a group. Implications of this result are that scholars and practitioners can use group value and traits to predict leadership styles of the members of their groups. The ability to predict effective group leadership styles can improve organizational influence on organization members based on an understanding of leadership expectations by group members.

AdviserTerry Walker
SchoolCAPELLA UNIVERSITY
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Organization theory
Publication Number10245186

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