Leadership revisited: Employee perceptions of leadership styles within defined organizational structures

by John-Phillip, Anthea M., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2013, 100 pages; 3594686


The purpose of this study was to test the relationship of employee perceptions of organizational structure and perceived effective leadership behavior of Canadian and American citizens employed by hierarchic organizations, as defined in the Oliver Organization Description Questionnaire manual. The targeted sample was Canadian and American adults ranging in age from 18 to 65 who worked in perceived hierarchal organizations as defined by the Oliver Organization Description Questionnaire (OODQ) manual. Online surveys were conducted using a sample chosen from criteria provided to SurveyMonkey. The measuring tools used were the OODQ and the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ) Form 5X Short. The OODQ was used to measure perceived organization structure and the MLQ was used to measure perceived leadership behavior. The research question was, “What do employees in a hierarchic organizational environment perceive as the most effective leadership behavior?” The findings from ANOVA and MANOVA statistical tests indicated no relationship among leadership behavior, organizational structure, and effectiveness. The results suggested that employees in a hierarchic organizational environment perceived the most effective leadership behavior the same as did employees in other organizational categories.

AdviserMary Evans Kasala
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Organizational behavior
Publication Number3594686

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