Committee Chair

O'Leary, Brian J.

Committee Member

Weathington, Bart L.; Biderman, Michael

Department

Dept. of Psychology

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

The present study examined the antecedent conditions necessary for shared leadership to develop in teams and enhance team effectiveness. An overview of the research on traditional leadership, shared leadership, and team personality composition examined the evidence in support of using team agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness to experience to predict shared leadership in teams. The study sample consisted of manufacturing employees at an appliance manufacturing plant. It was proposed that team agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness to experience would significantly predict shared empowering leadership in teams, which subsequently would predict team effectiveness. Results of multiple regression revealed no significant relationships between team agreeableness and openness to experience with shared empowering leadership or team effectiveness. Team conscientiousness was significantly negatively related to team effectiveness, which was in the opposite direction from that hypothesized. Team conscientiousness was not significantly related with shared empowering leadership. Implications, major limitations, and suggestions for future research are discussed.

Acknowledgments

I would like to thank my thesis chair, Dr. Brian O’Leary, and my committee members, Drs. Michael Biderman and Bart Weathington, for all their hard work and help with my thesis. I would also like to thank my supervisor, Scott Reece, for advising me on, and helping me with, the data collection process. I would like to thank top management at the manufacturing plant for allowing me the time and resources to collect data. Finally, I would like to thank the Operators and Team Leaders who participated in the study.

Degree

M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.

Date

5-2015

Subject

Teams in the workplace; Leadership

Keyword

team personality composition; shared leadership; team effectiveness; agreeableness; openness to experience; conscientiousness

Discipline

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Document Type

Masters theses

Extent

x, 76 leaves

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

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