Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Leader character strengths and authentic leadership: Seeking opportunities for authentic leadership development through character development
by Harvath, Alan R., Ed.D., Indiana Wesleyan University, 2013, 197; 3604537
Abstract (Summary)

The importance of character as a contributor to the effective practice of authentic leadership has been discussed and explored in the abstract and in construct. However, a detailed relationship has not been empirically characterized that ties individual specific leader character strengths to each of the four factors of authentic leadership practice: self-awareness, balanced processing, internal moral perspective, and relational transparency. This study performs a detailed analysis of individual leader character strengths and the authentic leadership practices of those same leaders. A nation-wide sample of Field Service Leaders of the Boy Scouts of America was measured for positive psychology's 24 individual character strengths, using the Values in Action Inventory of Strengths survey. Similarly, followers of those same leaders were asked to assess their leader's practices of the four factors of authentic leadership using the Authentic Leadership Questionnaire. Relationships between particular character strengths and the different factors of authentic leadership were then identified. Findings indicated several correlations between character strengths and the factors of authentic leadership; however, little practical discrimination between the factors was noted. Several notable demographic collateral correlations were identified; however, older and longer tenure leaders were found to have significantly lower levels of nine of the 24 measured character strengths.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kraai, James
Commitee: Freemyer, James, Manning, Michael
School: Indiana Wesleyan University
Department: Organizational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 75/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management
Keywords: Authentic leadership, Boy Scouts of America, Character development
Publication Number: 3604537
ISBN: 978-1-303-60274-0
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