This dissertation is a comprehensive documentation of the empirical study of the phenomenon of the relationship between a leader’s own character strengths and the leader’s ability to recognize and to guide the character strengths of their followers. A review of previous studies on this topic, revealed a gap in the literature on the constructs of the leader’s character and its effect on followers (Avolio, Walumbwa, & Weber, 2009; Ilies, Morgeson, & Nahrgang, 2005; Walumbwa, Avolio, Gardner, Wernsing, & Peterson, 2008; Zhu, May, & Avolio, 2004). The gap is significant because the linkage – between the leader’s character strengths and leadership authenticity – is limited (Ilies et al., 2005). Evidence only suggested that when a leader displays his or her values, in an authentic application, followers will identify the leader with those values (Walumbwa et al., 2008). The purpose of this study was to address the gap in literature by adding to the body of knowledge on the relationship between a leader’s own character strengths and the leader’s ability to recognize and to guide the character strengths of their followers.
This quantitative study collected data using a 220-item questionnaire; an online survey that used Likert scale responses. The survey was dispersed through a shared web link for respondents to submit their answers anonymously and confidentially. The results from the survey responses indicated a leader’s ability to recognize and to guide the character strengths of their followers. The results from this study indicated a significant effect of leadership and character strengths on the leader’s ability to recognize and to the guide the character strengths. Results were considered within the context of limitations; implications of this research are discussed.
|Advisor:||Franey, John J.|
|Commitee:||Bugarin, Tem E.|
|School:||Alliant International University|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI 81/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Management, Educational leadership, Business administration|
|Keywords:||Character, Guide, Leadership, Management, Recognize, Strengths|
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