LEADERSHIP STYLE AND ASSIGNMENT OF LEADER IN RELATION TO TIMED COMPLETION OF A TASK

Jennifer Gangne Judy Tan Jessie Cichon Kimberley Raymond

ABSTRACT

This study examined leadership style and assignment of leader in relation to timed completion of a sorting task. Eighty women of traditional college age filled out a survey assessing their leadership styles, then were paired and assigned to one of four conditions (autocratic assigned, autocratic unassigned, democratic assigned, democratic unassigned). Pairs completed the Bem Sex-Role Inventory (sorting task) and time taken to complete the task was recorded. Results indicated pairs with assigned leaders completed the sorting task more quickly than unassigned leaders. Time taken to complete the task did not differ between autocratic and democratic leaders. There was no interaction between leadership style and assignment of leader. This indicated that administrators should assign leaders in time limited projects.
 
 

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Our findings support one of three hypotheses, which was that pairs with an assigned leader would complete the sorting task faster than pairs with an unassigned leader. We found that there is a significant difference between the assigned and unassigned leaders in time that it took to complete the task. We found no significant difference between the time that it took for autocratic pairs and democratic pairs to complete the task, nor was there an interaction effect. There was no significant interaction between assignment of leader (assigned vs. unassigned) and leadership style (autocratic vs. democratic). Time taken to complete the task did not differ significantly between assigned autocratic, unassigned autocratic, assigned democratic, and unassigned democratic.

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