Perceived leadership behaviors gained after involvement in a youth theatre company

by Cherry, Patricia, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2010, 100 pages; 3432152


The purpose of the quantitative study was to determine if transformation leadership could be taught to youth. Graduates from a youth theatre company participated in this study. The participants were asked to complete three surveys: (a) the LPI Self: Leadership Practices Inventory (Kouzes and Posner, 2003b), (b) the LPI-Observer: Leadership Practices Inventory (Kouzes and Posner, 2003a), and (c) a demographic survey. The LPI-Self report disclosed the participants' leadership practices behaviors, while the LPI-Observer report described the leaders' leadership practices behaviors as perceived by the respondent. In addition, the demographics survey was utilized to determine if there were any significant differences between the respondents of the study. The findings showed that the respondents' self-reported scores that were moderate to high when compared with the LPI National published percentile rankings. In addition, the respondents observed scores were also found to be within the moderate to high range when compared with the LPI national published percentile rankings. The observed scores when compared to the respondents' scores were higher in all categories. The demographics, for the most part, played no role in the study. Only three significant differences were noted: (a) education for Encouraging the Heart, (b) education for Enabling Others to Act, and (c) leadership course for Enabling Others to Act. The conclusion drawn from this study, while noting the limitations of the study, was that transformational leadership could be taught to children.

AdviserFrank DeCaro
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Theater
Publication Number3432152

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