Development and validation of the Leadership Behaviour Assessment (LBA). (2020)
Type of ContentTheses / Dissertations
Degree NameMaster of Science
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury
Purpose – The aim of the study was to develop a new measure of leadership, the Leadership Behaviour Assessment (LBA), and to assess criterion-related validity (CRV) of the new measure. The LBA was developed in accordance with existing leadership theory, and incorporates ten key behaviour types. CRV was assessed through associations between managers’ LBA scores and subordinate ratings on established scales and overall leadership scores.
Design/Methodology/Approach – A concurrent criterion-related validation study with 39 managerial employees was conducted. Correlation analysis between LBA scores and subordinate ratings of manager’s behaviours and overall leadership scores were used to evaluate CRV.
Findings – Evidence for CRV was suggested through correlations between three covert LBA metrics and multiple criterion scores. The three LBA metrics accounted for significant variance in leadership effectiveness.
Implications/Limitations – The LBA is a new measure for use in selection, or training and development, for leadership positions, which includes objective measurement. However, key limitations include the reliance on subordinate ratings, limited sample size, and the low stakes testing context.
Originality/Value – The LBA offers an alternative to the commonly used self-report measures of leadership effectiveness, thus reducing associated biases. The program incorporates more realistic options and workplace decisions, and includes covert measures, free from respondent bias.