Leadership is a widely explored topic. Leadership within the nonprofit sector of the United States has become of interest. The problem is that nonprofit leadership garnered attention with increased reports of unethical acts by nonprofit leaders. This quantitative correlation study investigated the relationship between the leadership styles (authoritarian, democratic, and laissez-faire) and ethics positions (idealism and relativism) of senior nonprofits leaders within the United States whose organizations were listed in the GuideStar database. The GuideStar database is a database of 1.8 million nonprofit organizations in the United States. Survey participants (n=111) responded to a 40-question web survey that consisted of questions from the Leadership Styles Questionnaire and the Ethics Position Questionnaire. Multiple regression analysis was used to analyze the data to investigate the hypothesized relationship between the research variables. The results of the study indicated a statistically significant relationship between the laissez-faire leadership style and both ethics positions. An implication of the findings suggested that a leader may hold a strong ethics position (rather it be relativism or idealism), but act as a neutral leader. Based on the findings a recommendation to nonprofit board of directors is to administer the Leadership Styles Questionnaire and the Ethics Position Questionnaire to assess if the leaders’ leadership style and ethics position are congruent with the need of the organization. The boards of directors may choose to engage laissez-faire leaders as they have strong ethics positions. This study is one of few that endorse the use of the laissez-faire leadership style.
|Commitee:||Heflich, David A., McCaslin, Mark|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|Department:||School of Advanced Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Business administration, Ethics, Management|
|Keywords:||Ethics positions, Leadership styles, Nonprofit, Nonprofit leaders, Organizational leadership|
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