ERIC Number: ED160896
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Personality Characteristics, Interpersonal Values and Leadership Attitudes of Mid-Level Managers. Final Report.
Staff, Bruce S.
The purpose of this study was to ascertain whether or not there is a distinctive set of personality traits, interpersonal values, and leadership attitudes for mid-level managers. The study analyzed three occupational categories: banking, food marketing, and retailing. One hundred eighty-five individuals (sixty from banking, sixty from food marketing, and sixty-five from retailing) were randomly selected from ten firms (three banking, three food marketing, and four retailing). Three instruments, the Leadership Opinion Questionnaire, a Survey of Interpersonal Values, and the Gordon Personal Profile, were administered via delivered packages, and 81.1% of the returns provided usable responses. The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences was used to analyze the data. It was found that (1) on the Gordon Personal Profile there were no statistically significant differences among scores of mid-level managers from the three fields; (2) on the Survey of Interpersonal Values there were significant differences in the three industry representatives in interpersonal values of support, conformity, and recognition; and (3) on the Leadership Opinion Questionnaire there were statistically significant differences among managers' scores on both measures, consideration and structure, of leadership attitude. It may therefore be concluded that a relationship does exist among leadership attitude, interpersonal values, and personality characteristics within the retailing, food marketing, and banking industries. (Author/CSS)
Descriptors: Altruism, Banking, Comparative Analysis, Conformity, Employment Experience, Food Stores, Human Relations, Individual Characteristics, Interpersonal Relationship, Leadership Qualities, Managerial Occupations, Middle Management, Personality Studies, Personality Traits, Professional Recognition, Retailing, Social Attitudes, Social Characteristics, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Missouri State Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education, Jefferson City. Div. of Vocational Education.