The effects of leadership traits in change management on operational excellence

by Brasfield, Dennis A., D.B.A., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2015, 116 pages; 3684960


The intent of this research was to continue the study of success in change leadership. The theory of this study centered on the ability of executives and managers to execute a change effort, as a result of possessing a set of key leadership traits. Further, the primary purpose was to evaluate whether certain leadership traits contribute to a leader's ability to successfully lead a change management effort, thereby contributing to the overall operational excellence of the organization. Moreover, this study examined the framework of leadership traits, within industrial manufacturing settings, identified as typically prevalent in executives and managers that are successful with change efforts. This was a quantitative study with a correlational design. The methodology this research employed was a sequential sampling design utilizing a survey conducted on individual contributors and managers, within various manufacturing companies located in the U.S. Descriptive and inferential statistics were collected on dependent and independent variables; specifically, descriptive statistics such as the mean, standard deviation, skewness, kurtosis, and normality were calculated for each independent variable. Additionally, linear regression analysis was performed for leadership traits on project success. Utilizing SPSS software, the findings were quantitatively compared and conclusions drawn on whether a project was successful and extent of influence certain leadership traits had upon that change. The data analysis provided correlations on leadership traits or styles that potentially contributed to these measures of success or failure. This study offered key findings and proposed areas for additional research on these topics.

AdviserErvin L. Caraballo
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsEducational leadership; Management; Organizational behavior
Publication Number3684960

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