Religious participation has been shown to affect in a positive way physical and mental health, while its absence indicates a negative correlation. Religious communities seek to increase participation for the benefit of the community, the participants, and society. This study focused on what motivated leaders and followers to participate in religious activities and addressed mitigating circumstances that affected the level and frequency of engagement. Specifically, it considered the relationship between preferred leadership styles and religious participation. Using a correlational quantitative design and regression analysis, descriptive research was used to evaluate this relationship. Data were collected through two surveys: the Multi–factor Leadership Questionnaire 5X Short (MLQ5X) and a demographic questionnaire. Both surveys were completed by 278 participants, ranging in age from 21 to 85. All participants were members of a single church congregation and self-identified as African American. The study found four distinct leadership factors that consistently surfaced in the relationship between leaders and followers, producing four unique subscales: altruism, self–valuation, idealism, and detachment. While participants indicated a moderate variability in leadership expectations, the study found that successful leaders incorporate mechanisms for social support and global interdependency, encourage individuals to excel using multiple avenues of resources, and value diversity as vital to success and relational relevance. Future research may consider the relationship between preferred leadership styles and religiosity in multiple congregations and denominations and may consider the factors of race and gender.
|Commitee:||Stout, Dalls, Haussmann, Robert|
|Department:||Organizational Development and Leadership|
|School Location:||United States -- Colorado|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/9(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Philosophy, Black history, African history, Philosophy of religion, Comparative religion, Religious history|
|Keywords:||Economic theory, Religious participation, Spirituality, Social support|
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