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ERIC Number: ED073491
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
Pages: 22
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An Experimental Study of the Relationship Between the Opinionatedness of a Leader and Consensus in Group Discussions of Policy.
Hill, Timothy A.
The author trained confederates to exhibit either opinionated, moderately opinionated, or unopinionated styles of leadership, then assigned them to discussion groups. Each group was assigned a specific topic and instructed to decide on a specific policy toward the topic. They were also asked to make ratings that measured four other attitudes: the degree of the group consensus, the leader's maintenance of his status, perceptions of the leader's credibility, and the members' satisfaction with the group outcome. Results of the study show that: (1) both unopinionated and moderately opinionated leadership appear to be related to achievement of group consensus; (2) varying degrees of opinionated leadership seem to relate consistently to member impressions of the leader's credibility; (3) the level of leader opinionatedness does not seem to relate directly to leadership maintenance or member impressions of dynamism; and (4) there seems to be no direct relationship between level of leader opinionatedness and members' satisfaction with the process. (Author/RN)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Assn. (58th, Chicago, December 27-30, 1972)