Accession Number : ADA312244

Title :   The Role Leader Competence Plays in the Trust-Building Process.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis, 2 Aug 95-7 Jun 96,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Sweeney, Patrick J.

PDF Url : ADA312244

Report Date : 07 JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 73

Abstract : This study focused on testing a portion of Kelley and Thibaut's trust-building model. This model asserted that an individual could earn an attribution of dependability by: behaving cooperatively, sharing similar interests, and sharing interdependence with the other person. The model suggested that an individual's competence was a separate factor and that it did not influence the earning of an attribution of dependability. However, the author hypothesized that in military leader-follower relationships, competence was a significant factor in a leader earning an attribution of dependability. In addition, the author hypothesized a strong, positive relationship between a leader's perceived dependability and the follower's willingness to trust the leader. Similarly, the author hypothesized a strong, positive relationship between followers' trust in the leader and their willingness to be influenced (lead) by the leader. The hypotheses were tested using a two-by-two factorial design which manipulated leader's competence and Kelley and Thibaut's three factors for earning an attribution of dependability as one variable. The results supported all hypotheses.

Descriptors :   *LEADERSHIP, *ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), *RELIABILITY, TEST AND EVALUATION, SCENARIOS, HYPOTHESES, PILOT STUDIES.

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE