Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Influence of transformational, autocratic, democratic, and laissez -faire leadership principles on the effectiveness of religious leaders
by Manners, Amanda T., D.M., University of Phoenix, 2008, 150; 3370948
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: O'Donnell, William
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
Publication Number: 3370948
ISBN: 978-1-109-32226-2
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