The purpose of the study is to examine minorities preferred leader styles in the work environment of the federal government, particularly, those leadership styles described as transformational (Bass & Avolio, 1990). The researcher also examined whether there is a difference in leadership approaches and styles that are unique to minorities and women working for the federal government and if this difference hinders minorities from reaching the mid to senior level in the federal government (U.S. GAO, 2005). This study explored four research questions: Are there gender differences in terms of transformational leadership from levels GS 9 to GS 15 in the federal government? Are minority leaders in the federal government from levels GS 9 to GS 15 different from non-minority leaders in terms of transformational leadership? Are minority leaders in the federal government between GS 9 to GS 15 different from non-minority leaders in terms of their scores in the area of inspirational motivation? Are minority leaders in the federal government between GS 9 to GS 15 different from non-minority leaders in terms of their scores in the area of inspirational motivation? Are those identified as transformational leaders in the federal government more likely to be on a higher General Schedule (GS) level? The Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire 5X (short form) was used to measure transformational leadership (Bass & Avolio, 1991). The results of the study were not consistent with previous published studies based on the transformational leadership paradigm. Three of the four research questions had no significant findings. The fourth question was partially supported based on the inspirational motivation and individual consideration scores that varied by GS Levels 11–15. Additional research is needed in this area.
|Adviser||Thomas L. Driver|
|Subjects||Management; Public administration; Ethnic studies|
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