Native American leadership theory: A tribal perspective

by Munson, Terence E., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2007, 159 pages; 3250065


There are numerous studies regarding the topic of leadership theory and its application in the business arena. There are a very limited number of studies that focus on leadership from the perspective of the Native American. This grounded theory study generated one theory based on the Native Americans of the Fort Belknap Reservation. Purposive sampling of leaders of the Assiniboine and Gros Ventre tribes from this reservation was used for the development of that theory. The study found eleven leadership concepts of importance to members of the two tribes. The concepts of importance were tribal affiliation, service leadership, community involvement, equality and respect, business negativity, observational learning, cultural difference, time perception, cultural participation, gender differences, and non-materialism. The study was but a first step in promoting understanding of leadership from the Native American viewpoint.

AdviserToni Greif
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsSocial research; Management; Social structure; Native American studies
Publication Number3250065

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