Title page for ETD etd-06112015-213859

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author McCusker, Maureen Elizabeth
Author's Email Address mem66@VT.edu
URN etd-06112015-213859
Title A Dyadic Approach to Leadership Emergence
Degree Master of Science
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Roseanne J. Foti Committee Chair
Michael T. Braun Committee Member
Neil M. A. Hauenstein Committee Member
  • personality
  • process
  • ERGM
  • social networks
  • follower
  • leader
Date of Defense 2015-05-26
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Leadership emergence is best conceptualized as a complex, multi-level process arising from the dynamic interplay of all elements in the process: group members, relations, and context (Day, 2014). This study seeks to simultaneously examine to the role of each in the leadership emergence process by assessing leader and follower traits, their trait similarity, task, behaviors, and the network itself. Using a rotation design, 99 cadets in groups of three completed four tasks with alternating partners and subsequently provided sociometric ratings of each of their group members. Data was analyzed using Exponential Random Graph Modeling, which controls for endogenous group effects. In general, there was a tendency toward nominating others as leaders. High scores on dominance and intelligence predicted leadership emergence, and low scores on dominance predicted follower emergence. The type of task did not affect leadership emergence. Perceived leader behavior unexpectedly reduced the likelihood of nominating another as a leader. Results from this study highlight the importance of studying all components of leadership process and are once step closer toward doing so completely and accurately.
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