As authenticity and trust continue to be recognized as key pillars of effective leadership in today’s world (Avolio et al., 2004; Mayer et al., 1995; Peus et al., 2012), organizations need leaders who are willing to be vulnerable with those they lead. The purpose of current study was to explore the relationship between courage, other-centered calling, vulnerability, and leadership differentiation. The sample for the current study included 296 self-identified leaders who report being responsible for the work and development of others. Leaders were primarily Caucasian (83.7%), male (55.9%), and from a church/ministry setting (41.2%). The study occurred over a year span within an online leadership development tool. Moderated mediation in Hayes (2013) PROCESS Macro was used to test the hypotheses. Courage was positively related to vulnerability (B = .226, p = .000), and the relationship between courage and vulnerability was significantly moderated by other-centered calling (B = .112, p = .032). Additionally, the relationship between vulnerability and leadership differentiation was examined and found to be nonsignificant (B = -.004, p = .901). Findings from this study indicate that courage and other-centered calling are key factors in allowing leaders to choose vulnerability with those they lead.
|Advisor:||McKenna, Robert B.|
|Commitee:||Collins, Joey, Tillmann, Julianne|
|School:||Seattle Pacific University|
|School Location:||United States -- Washington|
|Source:||DAI-B 79/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Psychology, Organization Theory, Organizational behavior|
|Keywords:||Calling, Courage, Differentiation, Leadership, Other-centered calling, Vulnerability|
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