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ERIC Number: ED561822
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 191
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3034-7113-1
A Quantitative Investigation of the Relationship between Adult Attachment and the Leadership Styles of Florida's Public Service Leaders
White, April L.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
Many organizations find selecting a leader to be highly challenging. Investigators have found and admit that the study of leadership is a very complex phenomenon that cannot be easily captured and explained in a manner that could lead to a final description about leadership or offer clear steps on how to choose the right leader. Among the many things considered during the selection process are personality, behaviors, and other characteristics of prospective leaders. Great emphasis placed on prospective leader qualities presents yet another challenge that many organizations face--not knowing which assessments to choose to guide the leader selection process. This investigation sought to identify whether attachment styles developed during infancy could be used as an indicator of the types of leadership behaviors and qualities that are witnessed in adulthood. Two-hundred and twenty-six public service leaders throughout the state of Florida participated in this study that sought to identify any linkages that might exist between attachment style and the authentic, transformational, and servant leadership styles. The purpose of the study was to potentially identify a reliable assessment that could be used to guide leader selection. Using the causal-comparative design, findings supported the null hypothesis and sub-research question null hypothesis that there would be no significant differences among securely and insecurely attached public leaders on the three leadership styles assessed. These findings suggest that attachment styles investigated as categories may not provide the information needed to guide a leader selection process. Post-hoc analysis evaluating attachment style as continuous variable revealed statistically significant relationships for the anxiety and avoidance attachment sub-scales against each leadership style investigated. Considering the relationships found, investigating anxiety and avoidance attachment styles as continuous variables may provide additional support to human resources and other professionals. Leaders may find the guidance needed to make more informed leader selection decisions with the use of the Experiences in Close Relationships coupled with the desired leadership style inventories. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida