In an effort to understand the relationship between leadership style (i.e. independent variable) and leadership effectiveness (i.e. dependent variable) within religious organizations, this mixed-research examined the relationship between applying transformational, autocratic, democratic, and laissez-faire leadership principles by religious leaders on their leadership effectiveness within their congregations. Religious leaders are faced with many of the same challenges in leading their congregations that secular organizations have. Improving leadership effectiveness within religious organizations constitutes an examination of preferred leadership style to determine if selected leadership methods improve or hinder the congregation. Responses to the study totaled 883 for national and 50 for Wayne County, Michigan. Based on the findings of this study, the laissez-faire leadership style is the most effective leadership style both nationally and within Wayne County, Michigan.
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 70/08, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, Clerical studies, Management|
|Keywords:||Autocratic, Christian leadership, Clergy, Democratic, Laissez-faire, Leadership, Leadership effectiveness, Leadership principles, Organizational leadership, Pastors, Religious leaders, Transformational leadership|
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