A sample of 13 female and 16 male managers from five different businesses completed modified versions of the Hersey/Blanchard Leader Behavior Analysis (LBA) questionnaires. The questionnaires consisted of 20 business-setting scenarios in which a leader must take some action. The managers were asked to choose the action that best described what their 11 ideal" leaders would do in each of the particular situations. The results confirmed the study's hypothesis that the 11 ideal 11 leader descriptions would not differ for the female and male managers. Subordinates of the sample managers completed 11 0ther 11 versions of the LBA, in which they described their managers' behavior. These descriptions were compared to the managers' descriptions of their "ideal" leaders, with no hypothesis presented. The managers' "actual" behavior did not differ significantly from their "ideal" leaders' behavior.
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Burroughs, Wayne A.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Arts and Sciences
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Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences
Lee, Melanie A. B., "Women and men : do they prefer different leaders?" (1988). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 4305.