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What Makes a Good Leader? Evaluating the Connections between Appraisal Style and Leadership Behaviors

dc.contributor.advisorKirby, Leslie D. (Leslie Deneen)
dc.contributor.authorDenney, Katherine
dc.descriptionVanderbilt University Honor’s Thesis; Dr. Leslie Kirby & Dr. Craig Smith Thesis completed for PSY-4999 Honors Thesis, under the instruction of Dr. Meg Saylor and Dr. Jo-Anne Bachorowski. Thesis describes a study conducted by author on the connections between appraisal style and leadership style. Study was conducted using online surveys distributed to undergraduate students at Vanderbilt University.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe success of leaders can be highly variable and depends on a number of factors including the degree to which leaders engage with their subordinates. This continuum of passive and active behavior is represented in the distinctions between laissez-faire, transactional, and transformational leadership. Past studies have found that the individuals with a more transformational leadership style are not only better performers, but also increase the satisfaction of their subordinates. In trying to understand why some people adopt this style of leadership, the leader’s emotions and emotional tendencies could play a large role, because emotions affect both individual and social behavior. This study evaluated possible relationships by analyzing the connections between appraisal style and leadership style. Previous research has demonstrated that individuals who are more optimistic and have more hope are more likely to have a transformational leadership style, as such this study expected to find connections between a hopeful appraisal style and a transformational leadership style. This study was conducted using online surveys and data was collected from 86 undergraduate students. The results do indicate a connection between motivational relevance and leadership style, but overall the results provide inconclusive evidence for a specific connection between appraisal style and leadership style. Future directions for further research are provided.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciencesen_US
dc.publisherVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.subjectleadership, appraisal, emotionsen_US
dc.subject.lcshTransformational leadershipen_US
dc.subject.lcshLeadership -- Psychological aspectsen_US
dc.titleWhat Makes a Good Leader? Evaluating the Connections between Appraisal Style and Leadership Behaviorsen_US
dc.description.collegeCollege of Arts and Scienceen_US
dc.description.schoolVanderbilt Universityen_US

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