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An examination Of how styles Of information processing are related To perceptions of transformational leadership and organisational influencing tactics

Asplund, Tove (2013) An examination Of how styles Of information processing are related To perceptions of transformational leadership and organisational influencing tactics. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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Abstract

Transformational leadership is considered a desirable leadership style producing many positive organisational outcomes. This study investigated individual differences in information processing, influencing behaviours and transformational leadership ability. Sixty pairs of participants, (leaders and subordinates) completed on-line surveys measuring information processing style (through the REIm and the CTI), leadership style (MLQ5-x) and preferences for influencing tactics (IBQ). Results showed some unexpected results, for example, thinking style was not correlated to either influencing tactics or transformational leadership. However, elements of constructive thinking were, as expected, related to both transformational leadership and a preference for the core four influencing tactics. Further analyses partially supported the conclusion that transformational leadership mediates the relationship between behavioural coping and influencing tactics. An implication of this research includes the practical importance of considering the impact of elements of constructive thinking and the relationship to transformational leadership. Groups and organisations looking to employ or train a leader to be transformational thus ought to test for constructive thinking ability.

Publication Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Supervisor: Curtis, Guy
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/18901
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