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ERIC Number: ED020333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
Pages: 1
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MEASURES OF LEADER BEHAVIOR AND THEIR RELATION TO PERFORMANCE LEVELS OF COUNTY EXTENSION AGENTS.
CUNNINGHAM, CLARENCE J.
THE PURPOSE OF THE STUDY WAS TO (1) DEVELOP AN INSTRUMENT TO MEASURE LEADER BEHAVIOR DIMENSIONS OF CONSIDERATION AND INITIATING STRUCTURES AS APPLIED TO COUNTY EXTENSION AGENTS, AND (2) DETERMINE WHETHER THE DIMENSIONS WERE SUFFICIENTLY RELATED TO PERFORMANCE TO PERMIT THE INSTRUMENT'S USE FOR SELECTING AND PLACING AGENTS. A LEADER DESCRIPTION QUESTIONNAIRE, PURPORTED TO MEASURE LEADER BEHAVIOR, WAS USED AS A BASIS FOR DEVELOPING THREE EXPERIMENTAL SCALES. THE MOST VALID OF THESE SCALES WAS COMPLETED BY 185 AGENTS AND THEIR IMMEDIATE SUPERVISORS, RESULTING IN DATA WHICH WERE USED TO DETERMINE FOUR AGENT CLASSIFICATION GROUPS. THE GROUPS WERE COMPARED FOR PERSONNEL PERFORMANCE SCORE DIFFERENCES BY AN ANALYSIS OF VARIANCE. THE INSTRUMENT WAS FAIRLY RELIABLE WHEN USED BY SUPERVISORS TO DESCRIBE AGENTS BUT NOT WHEN USED BY AGENTS AS A SELF-DESCRIPTION SCALE. THE AGENTS WHO RANKED ABOVE THE MEDIAN ON BOTH INITIATING STRUCTURE AND CONSIDERATION WERE THOSE JUDGED BY SUPERVISORS TO BE THE MOST EFFICIENT PERFORMERS. THESE AGENTS PERFORMED AT A HIGH LEVEL REGARDLESS OF LEADER BEHAVIOR OF OTHER AGENTS WORKING WITH THEM. THE LEADER BEHAVIOR THEORY UPON WHICH THE STUDY WAS BASED WAS SUPPORTED. THIS PH.D. THESIS, WHICH WAS SUBMITTED TO THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, IS AVAILABLE AS 65-1171 FOR $2.75 ON MICROFILM AND FOR $9.00 AS XEROXED COPY FROM UNIVERSITY MICROFILMS, INC., 300 NORTH ZEEB ROAD, ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN 48106. (JM)
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