A study of the perceived leadership orientations of selected leaders and members of the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University through application of the Competing Values Framework

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Title: A study of the perceived leadership orientations of selected leaders and members of the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University through application of the Competing Values Framework
Author: Blackwell, Edward Scott
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the perceived leadership orientations of leaders and general members affiliated with the Corps of Cadets at Texas A &M University , assess the validity and reliability for the Competing Values Instrument for the cadet population , and identify differences in leadership orientations of leaders and members of a student organization . The survey instrument used was an adaptation of Quinn's 1988 Competing Values Instrument . The two -part 32 -item instrument was theoretically based on Quinn and Rohrbaugh's (1981 , 1983 ) Competing Values Framework of managerial -leadership . The instrument divided the items into eight groups of leadership role orientations : Innovator , Broker , Producer , Director , Coordinator , Monitor , Facilitator , and Mentor . The instrument was administered to 520 cadets enrolled in 28 randomly selected Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC ) and School of Military Science (SOMS ) courses at Texas A &M University . Responses were compared using various background information and environmental factors . Responses were also examined to establish validity and reliability for the instrument when used with college student members of this student organization . Factor analysis procedures resulted in slight alteration of items within specific factors . Results supported the idea that perceived leadership orientations are associated with academic classification , Corps classification , gender , age , leadership experience prior to college , involvement in college leadership experiences other than the Corps of Cadets , contract status , level of leadership position in the student organization , and military service affiliation . The contributions the student organization made to the development of leadership were assessed , and a better understanding of leaders' and members' perceptions of their leadership tendencies and practices was obtained . Survey instrument data indicated the Corps of Cadets was effective in enhancing students' perceptions of their leadership orientations . Recognizable differences were found to have existed in relationship to the complexity and nature of the leadership position . The higher the level of leadership position held by members of the Corps of Cadets , the more frequent those members' practice of leadership and management behaviors became . Military cadets were also more likely to practice leadership and management behaviors more frequently than non -military cadets . The study provided evidence that the Corps of Cadets has some effect on leadership development .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /1045
Date: 2004-11-15

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A study of the perceived leadership orientations of selected leaders and members of the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University through application of the Competing Values Framework. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /1045 .

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