Desired leadership characteristics: Perceptions of Iowa State University Extension personnel
The purpose of this study was to examine desired leadership characteristics by Extension field staff using a constructive replication of a University of Wisconsin study (Joseph & Aldag, 1999) regarding preference of desired leader values. The study utilized the work of leader values by Kouzes and Posner (1995). The significance of the study rested with understanding how physical proximity between personnel and leader affected preferred leader values.
Data were collected from 154 of the 210 Iowa State University Extension field staff during July 2004, ninety-five percent reporting a geographical distance of one mile from their supervisor. Other dependent variables were age, gender, organization tenure, job classification, and program area. Conclusions were. (1) Survey results yielded a list of most preferred leader values by means: Honest (15.98), Competent (15.04), Forward-looking (13.79), Fair-minded (13.32), Dependable (12.99), Supportive (11.84), and Broadminded (11. 71). (2) The least preferred leader values were: Ambitious (5.01), Courageous (5.33), Independent (6.32), Mature (8.10), Loyal (8.59), Self-controlled (9.14), and Caring (9.54). (3) There was no statistically significant difference in preferred values of a leader and the independent variables of age, gender, program area, job classification, or Extension tenure of a respondent. (4) There was no statistically significant difference in preferred values of a leader and geographic distance between a respondent and respective supervisor.
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