ERIC Number: ED224063
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Regression Analysis of Selected Personal Characteristics as Predictors of Small Group Leadership.
Millar, Dan P.; Yerby, Janet
A study explored the potential relationships between communication-relevant personal characteristics (listening ability, tolerance of ambiguity, interpersonal needs, and communication apprehension) and small group leadership. Thirty college students enrolled in a small group communication course completed a battery of instruments measuring each personal variable under study. They then selected themselves into six-person groups that remained intact for an entire semester. Each group was asked to discuss a complex topic using materials from real case studies. Twice during the semester, each group discussed some aspect of the topic in front of the entire class. In addition to their class work, the groups also met outside of class for further discussions. At the end of the semester, each group member was asked to evaluate the other members individually. This evaluation included a ranking of each person's contribution to the completion of tasks and to the group's social atmosphere. Regression analysis revealed a significant correlation between task and socioemotional leadership. Treating socioemotional rank as a predictor variable, communication apprehension appeared as the best predictor of task leadership, with lack of apprehension leading to behavior perceived by others as leadership. Few relationships appeared among the predictor variables and between the predictors and socioemotional leadership. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (68th, Louisville, KY, November 4-7, 1982).