ERIC Number: ED396373
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Leader Authenticity: Key to Organizational Climate, Health, and Perceived Leader Effectiveness.
Henderson, James E.; Brookhart, Susan M.
This paper describes the development of a revised Organizational Leader Authenticity Scale (OLAS) for use in determining the authenticity of both educational leaders and noneducational leaders. "Authenticity" refers to the degree to which the leader's action matches his or her words. A Staff Authenticity Scale was also developed and tested. The instruments were administered to a sample of 63 leaders from a variety of educational settings who were participants or mentors in a doctoral program at Duquesne University, and to the 835 staff members under their supervision. The instruments investigated the relationships of leader authenticity and staff authenticity with each of the following variables: organizational climate, organizational health, leader effectiveness, the leadership"themes" of The Gallup Organization's Principal Perceiver interview, and personal epistemology. Leader and staff authenticity were related as predicted to organizational health, organizational climate, and leader effectiveness. A causal model predicting organizational health and organizational climate from leader authenticity and staff authenticity was constructed. The appendix contains a copy of the survey instrument, three tables, and one figure. (Contains 25 references.) (Author/LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).