Title page for ETD etd-11032004-070937

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Wilson, Michael Stanley
URN etd-11032004-070937
Title Effective Developmental Leadership: A Study of the Traits and Behaviors of a Leader Who Develops Both People and the Organization
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Human Resource Education Workforce Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Michael Burnett Committee Chair
Charles McAllister Committee Member
Donna Redmann Committee Member
Geraldine Johnson Committee Member
Satish Verma Committee Member
  • developmental leadership
  • leadership
  • organizational leadership
Date of Defense 2004-10-15
Availability unrestricted
This study identified the traits and behaviors of an effective developmental leader”-one whose primary focus is the development of the people and the organization he or she lead. The study determined the traits and behaviors of a leader who posses an effective developmental orientation towards people.

The research incorporated both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Data was collected using both open ended questions and Likert-type scaled instruments. This data was analyzed using both statistical techniques and expert panels.

The results of this study yielded six identified traits and seven identified behaviors of a developmental leader. A developmental leader was found to possess the following traits: analytical, assertive, cooperative, dedicated, personable, and practical. A developmental leader would also possess the following behaviors: advisor, charismatic, competitive, delegator, developer, focused, and supportive.

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