A field experiment validating contingency model leadership training

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Abstract

A field experiment was conducted to test the effectiveness of {leader match} (F. E. Fiedler, M. M. Chemers and L. Mahar, 1976) a leadership training program based on the contingency model {leader match}, a self-paced workbook requiring 4–6 hrs, which teaches individuals to identify their leadership style, diagnose their leadership situation, and modify situational factors as necessary to improve performance. From 46 ROTC programs at universities and colleges in the Western region, 9 schools were randomly selected for training and 9 schools for control. {leader match} was administered to cadets prior to their attending 4 wks of advanced summer camp where they were selected at random to serve in 4 or 5 different leadership positions for 24-hr periods. Analysis of commissioned and noncommissioned officer evaluations of performance, as well as peer ratings, showed that the 155 male and 35 female cadets with {leader match} training performed better than the 176 male and 39 female cadets in the control group. (23 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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