ERIC Number: ED335516
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Characteristics of Excellent Trainers in Business and Industry: A Psychological, Interpersonal, Motivational, and Demographic Profile. Working Papers.
Leach, James A.
Training managers from Fortune 500 companies were sent standardized instruments for the assessment of the psychological, interpersonal, motivational, and demographic makeup of excellent trainers. These training managers were asked to describe, by completing standardized instruments, the best trainers in their organizations. Results were analyzed and summarized to provide a profile of excellent trainers. Data from 204 out of 500 instruments mailed were analyzed using t-test, correlational (Pearson-r for variables with ordinal, interval, and ratio scales, and point bi-serial for dichotomous variables), and one-way analysis of variance tests of significance. The most important finding was that excellent trainers were, as a group, significantly different from the general population on 20 out of the 21 personal and psychological characteristics; "extroverted" was the exception. Gender difference was not found to be significant. As a group, the excellent trainers rated significantly above the population average in the interpersonal style dimensions of caring, sociable, and assertive. Age appeared to influence the nature of excellent trainers. Older trainers tended to exhibit less aggressive behavior; younger trainers were characterized as more robust and competitive. (21 references) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Educators, Demography, Individual Characteristics, Interpersonal Competence, Motivation, Profiles, Psychological Characteristics, Success, Trainers
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.