Research Mentor(s)

Joseph Trimble

Affiliated Department

Psychology

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Start Date

14-5-2015 10:00 AM

End Date

14-5-2015 2:00 PM

Keywords

Leadership, Diversity, Culture

Document Type

Event

Abstract

Chin and Trimble (2014) describe the need for a new culturally resonant model of leadership. A new model should present a more diverse and globally based perspective. Sixty-four characteristics of leadership were derived from both the current literature on leadership and from structured interviews and focus groups obtained from Western and non-Western samples. The current research is part of an ongoing study regarding cultural differences in what are believed to be the necessary characteristics of outstanding leadership. Participants included 90 students enrolled in a leadership courses at Western Washington University and Adelphi University. Participants completed an online survey in which they were presented with the 64 characteristics and asked to rate how necessary/unnecessary these were to be considered an outstanding leader. These characteristics were then ranked by means from largest to smallest with the smaller means representing characteristics that were considered most necessary. The means were then examined by gender. The ten highest ranking characteristics were then compared between male and female participants. Five of the characteristics were shared. The remaining five characteristics for each group were examined. The results showed that male participants found characteristics regarding organizational skills the most necessary while female participants found those regarding personal attributes the most necessary. Results generated from the Rasch Measurement and cluster structure analysis identified several implications for researchers interested in using survey-type leadership scales for the comparison of individuals from different ethnic groups. Future studies will include examining the differences between perceptions of necessary leadership characteristics in the context of culture, race, and ideology.

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May 14th, 10:00 AM May 14th, 2:00 PM

Identifying and Developing More Culturally Sensitive Diverse Leadership Measurement Prototypes

Psychology

Chin and Trimble (2014) describe the need for a new culturally resonant model of leadership. A new model should present a more diverse and globally based perspective. Sixty-four characteristics of leadership were derived from both the current literature on leadership and from structured interviews and focus groups obtained from Western and non-Western samples. The current research is part of an ongoing study regarding cultural differences in what are believed to be the necessary characteristics of outstanding leadership. Participants included 90 students enrolled in a leadership courses at Western Washington University and Adelphi University. Participants completed an online survey in which they were presented with the 64 characteristics and asked to rate how necessary/unnecessary these were to be considered an outstanding leader. These characteristics were then ranked by means from largest to smallest with the smaller means representing characteristics that were considered most necessary. The means were then examined by gender. The ten highest ranking characteristics were then compared between male and female participants. Five of the characteristics were shared. The remaining five characteristics for each group were examined. The results showed that male participants found characteristics regarding organizational skills the most necessary while female participants found those regarding personal attributes the most necessary. Results generated from the Rasch Measurement and cluster structure analysis identified several implications for researchers interested in using survey-type leadership scales for the comparison of individuals from different ethnic groups. Future studies will include examining the differences between perceptions of necessary leadership characteristics in the context of culture, race, and ideology.

 

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