Leadership style dependence on thinking style interaction: An exploratory study from the follower perspective

by Streller, Alyssa M., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2013, 93 pages; 3568296


The purpose of this survey research was to test the hypothesis that from a follower’s perspective, the leadership style exhibited by the leader is related to the combination of leader and follower personality. This quantitative research study investigated whether a follower’s perception of their leader’s dominant leadership style related to the leader/follower personality preference dyad. The leader/follower personality preference dyad is the combination of the primary personality preference of both the leader and the follower combined into one variable. 78 followers from 19 to 67 years old were randomly selected as survey participants using the SurveyMonkey Audience tool. Tenure with the leader, age, and gender variables were also analyzed. The Insights Discovery Evaluator and the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire were used to determine personality preference and perceived dominant leadership style. Through chi-square analysis, the perception of dominant leadership style was not related to the personality preference dyad at a 5% significance level. However, age, tenure, and gender were all found to have potential moderating effects on this outcome based on variances within specific age ranges, tenure ranges, and gender differences that were found. Chance errors with sample were also detected as normal distribution was not found in follower personality preference. Both the potential moderating effects of age, tenure, and gender, as well as the significance of chance errors are explored.

AdviserClifford Butler
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Occupational psychology
Publication Number3568296

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