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ERIC Number: ED068867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
A Contingency Model Approach to Leadership Training.
Csoka, Louis S.; Fiedler, Fred E.
Two studies were specifically designed to test the effect which leadership training and experience would have on the performance of relationship-motivated and task-motivated leaders. In the first study it was predicted that task-relevant training and experience would make the situation more favorable in the task-structure dimension. Subjects were 55 section chiefs in charge of gun crews in a field artilary group. The results completely supported the Contingency Model which holds that training improves the favorableness of the leadership situation. The second study was conducted to validate the findings of the first study. The subjects were 58 navy petty officers who supervised various maintenance shops of two naval aviation squadrons. The results again supported the Contingency Model and were highly similar to those obtained in the first study. These two studies help to explain the reason for the poor research results on leadership training and organizational effectiveness, since they support the Contingency Model's reconceptualization of leadership training and experience. (Several pages may be light.) (Author/BW)
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Note: Paper presented at the annual Western Psychological Association Convention, 26-29 April, 1972, Portland, Oregon