Character strengths in leadership

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dc.contributor.advisor Kelloway, E. Kevin
dc.creator Thun, Noel Balliett 2010-11-22T16:48:09Z 2010-11-22T16:48:09Z 2009 2009
dc.description vi, 144 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm. en_CA
dc.description Includes abstract
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 132-144)
dc.description.abstract This dissertation contains three sequential studies that use a mixed-methods approach. The first study involved qualitative interviews with 29 individuals using the critical incident technique (Flanagan, 1949) and Peterson and Seligman's (2004) conceptualization of character strengths to understand what leader-demonstrated character strengths look like in the workplace. The outcome of this study was a 27 item measure of Character Strengths in Leadership. The second study's purpose was to test the reliability and validity of a newly developed Character Strengths in Leadership scale by comparing character strengths-based leadership against other known measures of leadership (the MLQ, Authentic Leadership, Ethical Leadership, Passive Leadership, and Abusive Supervision). These surveys were administered to a North American snowball sample of 270 individuals. Exploratory factor analysis suggests that character strengths-based leadership is a three-dimensional construct that can be differentiated from other known measures of leadership. The third study tested a 14 item Character Strengths in Leadership questionnaire against organizational and personal outcome measures (organizational citizenship behaviours, affective commitment, affect, and psychological health). Structural Equation Modeling using confirmatory factor analysis and observed variable path analysis was used to develop and test a model of character strengths in leadership. The resulting structural model provided a strong fit and supported hypotheses regarding both work-based and individual-level outcomes. Implications for the findings and follow-up research are discussed. en_CA
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dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University en_CA
dc.subject.lcc HD57.7 .T48 2009
dc.subject.lcsh Leadership
dc.subject.lcsh Character
dc.subject.lcsh Organizational behavior
dc.title Character strengths in leadership en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Management) Doctoral Management Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)
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