Accession Number : AD0610533

Title :   REACTION OF SUBORDINATES TO COERCIVE, PERSUASIVE AND PERMISSIVE SUPERVISORS.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept. no. 5,

Corporate Author : PITTSBURGH UNIV PA

Personal Author(s) : Bass,Bernard M.

Report Date : JAN 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : One hundred and eight 'subordinates' met for 10 to 15 minutes with either a role playing coercive, persuasive or permissive 'supervisor' or with all three in a counterbalanced sequence. Subordinates were most satisfied with permissive supervision. They were least satisfied with coercive treatment. Being persuaded resulted in slightly less satisfaction. Subordinates were most satisfied with persuasive and least satisfied with coercive treatment. The differences were relatively slight between permission and persuasion and much greater between these styles and coercive leadership. Supervisors felt most responsible and influential when coercive and least so when permissive. Actual coercion of subordinates followed this same pattern. The only consistent effect of subordinate personality orientation was the tendency of task-oriented subordinates to see the same high degree of conflict regardless of supervisory style to which they were subjected, while self and interaction-oriented subordinates saw less conflict, particularly when treated by persuasive or permissive supervisors. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, LEADERSHIP), (*LEADERSHIP, GROUP DYNAMICS), (*DECISION MAKING, GROUP DYNAMICS), MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING, BEHAVIOR, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, PERSONALITY, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY)

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE