A validation study of the leadership behaviour assessment. (2021)
Type of ContentTheses / Dissertations
Degree NameMaster of Science
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury
The purpose of this study was to develop the Leadership Behaviour Assessment (LBA) and examine its criterion related validity. To achieve this, the researcher gathered data from 27 managers within the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and 46 of their subordinates. The managers completed the LBA, while their subordinates rated their leader’s overall leadership effectiveness using criterion scales chosen to measure 10 leadership behaviours. The data from the LBA and the criterion measure scales were correlated and three of the covert measures of the LBA had correlations approaching significance. These measures were total time spent completing the LBA, average time spent making a decision and number of sections attempted. These corelations suggest the LBA has potential as an innovative measure for leader selection that mitigates social desirability bias by using non-transparent measures. Further research needs to be conducted to explore other covert measures within the LBA, further examine its criterion related validity, and develop a profiling method for the tool.