Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Leading change: exploring the relationship between transformational, transactional, and change-oriented leadership and their impact on leadership effectiveness among pastors in a protestant denomination in the mid-western United States
by Vardaman, David L., Ed.D., Indiana Wesleyan University, 2013, 268; 3613541
Abstract (Summary)

This study researched the impact of leadership style on leading organizational change in the local church. The main question studied was whether there was a relationship between transformational and transactional leadership and change-oriented leadership. A second question was whether pastoral leaders rate as more effective in leading change when they follow the transformational, transactional, or change-oriented leadership model. The third question was whether pastors rate as more effective in leading change depending on years of experience or location (district). This quantitative study researched a sample population of 42 pastors serving Protestant churches in the Mid-West region of the United States. Data were gathered from pastors, district superintendents, and pastors' direct reports. District superintendents and pastors completed the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire 5x Short (MLQ) and the Change, Production, Employee (CPE) Index. Direct reports were assigned to complete either the MLQ 5x Short or the CPE Index to control for rater bias. The significance of the data was determined using regression analysis. Weak significant regression equations were found between inspirational motivation and change-oriented leadership, and between effectiveness and change-oriented leadership. A moderate significant relationship was found among transformational, transactional and change-oriented leadership taken together on effectiveness. No significant relationship was found between leader effectiveness and years of experience or location (district). The implication of the findings is that pastors would be well-served to understand and use formal leadership theories, especially transformational and change-oriented leadership. Further, colleges and seminaries that train individuals for position of pastoral leadership would also be well-served to equip students in these leadership styles.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Freemyer, James
Commitee: Coopman, J. T., Malakyan, Petros G.
School: Indiana Wesleyan University
Department: Organizational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 75/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Management
Keywords: Change, production, employee index, Clergy, Leadership style, Local church, Multifactor leadership questionnaire 5x short, Organizational change, Quantitative
Publication Number: 3613541
ISBN: 978-1-303-76501-8
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