ERIC Number: ED123453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Self-Concept and Response Variability as Predictors of Leadership Effectiveness in Cooperative Extension.
Dvorak, Charles F.
The research aimed at determining the extent to which two variables, self-concept and response variability, are related to one of the principal components of Fiedler's Contingency Model of leadership, the Esteem for the Least Preferred Coworker (LPC) instrument. Sixty extension workers in the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program in New York State comprised the population for tests between major variables. The number was reduced to 47 for tests of the contingency theory. Three intervening variables describing the leader's operating situation were: leader-member relations, task structure, and position power. Eight situations are described by the three variables ranging from very favorable to very unfavorable for the leader. Two quantitative measures of group performance were employed: a Single Factor Score and an Exposure Index. The first hypothesis, which postulated a negative relationship between LPC and self-concept, was rejected. The second hypothesis, which considered the response variability of each respondent in low, intermediate, and high LPC groups advanced the notion that a curvilinear relationship existed between LPC score and response variability. The third hypothesis, which viewed response variability with regard only to each person's average LPC score, demonstrated a negative relationship between self-concept and response variability. (JR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Adult Education Research Conference (Toronto, Canada, April, 1976)