ERIC Number: ED251862
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship between Human Communication Functional Dominance and the Dimensions of Consideration and Initiating Structures on Leadership Styles.
A study was conducted to determine whether there is a significant correlation between the scores obtained on a communication functional dominance instrument and those obtained from an instrument of the Ohio State Leadership Scales. Subjects, 102 freshman speech students, completed the Human Communication Functional Dominance instrument, which measures linking (social) and regulation (verbal control of others) functions of leadership behavior. They also completed the Leadership Behavior Description Questionnaire (from the Ohio State Leadership Scales), which measures the consideration (mutual trust) and initiating structure (directing subordinates) dimensions of leadership. It was hypothesized that subjects scoring high in one or the other of the functional dominance characteristics would also score high on the parallel function of the leadership behavior questionnaire. The total number of linking and regulation responses was recorded from the functional dominance instrument and the number of initiating and consideration responses was recorded from the leadership behavior questionnaire. The subjects were then rank ordered on the four characteristics. The correlation coefficients found between the variables were extremely low and did not support the hypothesis. (Copies of the instruments used in the study are appended.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Dominance
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (68th, Louisville, KY, November 4-7, 1982).