Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A case study: Behavioral epigenetic applications of leadership and leadership effectiveness
by Toppel Whiting, Hollie Kopp, Ed.D., Argosy University/Phoenix, 2016, 231; 10300679
Abstract (Summary)

Since Aristotle’s time, leadership theories debates centered around the question if leaders’ effective characteristics resulted from being inherited or from life experiences. Traditionally, the leadership literature has not focused on the molecules or the epigenome that change behavior. Recent scientific literature identifies the epigenetic mechanisms produces behavior from genetic material. The leadership literature encompassing heritability traits and behavior theories is significant. This study reviews behavioral theories and skills of authentic and neuro-leadership styles. The effective leadership traits and behaviors are assessed. Behavioral epigenetics opens the field to unearthing the biochemistries of leadership ability. It has the potential to discover foundational knowledge of behavior, inspiring leaders to lead more efficient. This research effort connects behavioral epigenetics and leadership literature offering an alternate profile of effective leadership by purporting the behavioral epigenetics knowledge as the key component of enhancing efficiency of leaders, followers, and organizations. The problem statement is the deficiency in scholarship regarding the investigation of the link between behavioral epigenetics and leadership. The purpose of this study is whether leaders with the knowledge of behavioral epigenetic applications have the perception of maximizing the efficiency of their leadership. The method, a case study design, contains the data gathered from leaders who understood behavioral epigenetics theories. The leaders stated their perspectives if that knowledge inspired them to be more efficient leader. The study concluded that behavioral epigenetics knowledge has the potential to inspire and enhance leadership efficiency and possibly create a new leadership style.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chen, Qi
School: Argosy University/Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 78/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Neurosciences, Genetics, Behavioral psychology, Management
Keywords: Behavioral epigenetic, Cognition, Leadership
Publication Number: 10300679
ISBN: 978-1-369-43777-5
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