The relationship between leadership styles and perceived workplace spirituality

by Anderton, Robin Vish, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2012, 115 pages; 3524079


The purpose of this survey research was to determine whether a relationship exists between managers' declared leadership style and their perceived workplace spirituality. Through its quantitative methodology, this study responded to the call for additional empirical research in the area of workplace spirituality and the call to integrate workplace spirituality with more mainstream topics in scholarly literature. The aim of this research was to inform management and organizations pertaining to the potential facilitation, development, and practice of workplace spirituality through leadership. As a result of its findings, this study's null hypothesis was rejected and the alternative hypothesis was accepted, indicating that a relationship does exist between declared leadership style and perceived workplace spirituality. This study accomplished this by focusing on a sample of 401 managers in the United States who were surveyed using two established instruments: the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire, which measures characteristics of transformational, transactional, and laissez-faire leadership behavior, and the Dimensions of Spirituality at Work Scale, which measures the presence of conditions for workplace spirituality.

AdviserBarbara Bailey
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Spirituality; Organizational behavior
Publication Number3524079

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