Presentation Title

Examining Leadership Skills and Leadership Style: Indicators for Salvation Army Personnel

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Jeff Williamson

Project Type

EdD Colloquium - ONU

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of Interdisciplinary Integration, Scholarship of Faith Integration

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Businesses and organizations rely on leadership skills for building organizational capacity. Leadership styles play a key role in the leader-follower relationship. The purpose of the study was to examine the relationship between leadership skills and gender, and leadership styles and tenure of Salvation Army officers stationed in the Central Territory. This quantitative study examined the relationship between female (n = 69) and male (n = 46) officers, as well as leadership constructs and tenure of Salvation Army officers (n = 115). A survey was administered via an online survey tool utilizing the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ) combined with demographic questions. Data analysis included an inferential statistical test and sample correlation coefficient. A statistically significant difference existed between female and male officers in three specific subscales of the MLQ, for example statistical significance of the Inspirational Motivation subscale was P=.01. There was no statistically significant relationship between three leadership constructs of the MLQ and tenure. Female officers rated themselves lower in three subscales of the MLQ. While the strength of the research was across the scale for years of service, time at the job was not relational to the score for three specific leadership styles. As an organization that trusts in ethical leaders to lead, The Salvation Army would benefit from intentional consideration of incorporating leadership skills development into their academic curriculum to encourage leadership style development.

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Apr 18th, 1:20 PM Apr 18th, 1:35 PM

Examining Leadership Skills and Leadership Style: Indicators for Salvation Army Personnel

Wisner Auditorium

Businesses and organizations rely on leadership skills for building organizational capacity. Leadership styles play a key role in the leader-follower relationship. The purpose of the study was to examine the relationship between leadership skills and gender, and leadership styles and tenure of Salvation Army officers stationed in the Central Territory. This quantitative study examined the relationship between female (n = 69) and male (n = 46) officers, as well as leadership constructs and tenure of Salvation Army officers (n = 115). A survey was administered via an online survey tool utilizing the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ) combined with demographic questions. Data analysis included an inferential statistical test and sample correlation coefficient. A statistically significant difference existed between female and male officers in three specific subscales of the MLQ, for example statistical significance of the Inspirational Motivation subscale was P=.01. There was no statistically significant relationship between three leadership constructs of the MLQ and tenure. Female officers rated themselves lower in three subscales of the MLQ. While the strength of the research was across the scale for years of service, time at the job was not relational to the score for three specific leadership styles. As an organization that trusts in ethical leaders to lead, The Salvation Army would benefit from intentional consideration of incorporating leadership skills development into their academic curriculum to encourage leadership style development.