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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Robson, Victoria Elizabeth
URN etd-05112007-105215
Title It's All About Me: The Role of the Self in Predicting Leadership Perceptions
Degree PhD
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Foti, Roseanne J. Committee Chair
Hauenstein, Neil M. A. Committee Member
Stephens, Robert S. Committee Member
Wildman, Terry M. Committee Member
Keywords
  • leadership prototype
  • leadership effectiveness
  • leadership emergence
  • self-perceptions
Date of Defense 2007-05-08
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The present study examined the role of one’s own self-perceptions of leadership in predicting both leadership prototypes and leadership perceptions of others. Additionally, this study explored gender differences in leadership prototypes and perceptions of leadership. Participants completed a measure of their own self-perceptions of their leadership traits (i.e., sensitivity, intelligence, dedication, and dynamism) and an instrument that assessed their leadership prototypes (i.e., sensitivity, intelligence, dedication, and dynamism). Next, participants were presented with a 22 minute tape of four actors (2 male, 2 female) portraying mutual fund mangers in a simulated work setting. Participants then rated one male (Bob) and one female (Sue) actor on the specific leadership characteristics (i.e., sensitivity, intelligence, dedication, and dynamism) they exhibited on the tape as well as an overall assessment of leadership emergence and effectiveness. The results demonstrated that leadership prototypes mediated the relationship between self-perceptions of leadership abilities and ratings of leadership characteristics for Bob and Sue. It was also found that the match between perceptions of Bob and Sue and an individual’s leadership prototype predicted overall ratings of leadership emergence and leadership effectiveness. Finally, the results from the present study suggested that men and women perceive leadership similarly.
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