Testing the Effectiveness of Potential Managers’ Leadership Styles



Year of publication 2015
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Proceedings of The 11th European Conference on Management Leadership and Governance (ECMLG 2015)
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Economics and Administration

Field Management and administrative
Keywords effectiveness of leadership style; LBAII®; MBTI; manager’s gender; manager’s personality type; character of an enterprise’s economic activities
Description This paper looks at the effectiveness of leadership style by testing a sample of 413 potential managers made up of senior students from distance-learning courses run by the Department of Corporate Economy at the Economics Faculty. The objective of this paper is to identify the factors which might affect the level of effectiveness of leadership style attained by the respondents. In order to achieve this objective, three hypotheses were verified concerning the assumption that the effectiveness of leadership style is influenced by the manager’s gender, his/her personality and the nature of the company’s economic activities. In order to determine the level of effectiveness of individual managers, the LBAII® original methodology from Ken Blanchard Companies was used. Given that one of the factors being tested was the manager’s personality type, a supporting tool was used to ascertain this in the form of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) questionnaire, one of the most well-known and widely used personality typologies today. The results of the empirical research were analysed using parametric tests and presented in the form of contingency tables. It transpired that out of all the observed variables, the organisation’s economic activities had the greatest influence on the effectiveness of leadership style. This suggests that respondents who have no experience of managing staff tend to think about the effect of decisions affecting their subordinates in terms of the company’s predominant economic area of operation, a finding that may inspire further research by other research workers.

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