Date of Degree
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
To fill a gap of leadership research in the public sector, conducted in a municipal government department, in a southwestern United States city of over 1,000,000 residents, this quantitative survey research examined the relationships between 66 observer ratings (response rate of 46.15% from a sample of 143 participants) of a department director’s level of the Big Five personality traits, measured by the NEO Five-Factor Inventory-3 (NEO-FFI-3), and transformational leadership as measured by the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire 5X (MLQ 5X). Demographic data was collected to examine potential relationships between the NEO-FFI-3 and MLQ 5x ratings. To compare the self-other ratings, the department director also completed the NEO-FFI-3, the MLQ 5X, and the demographic questionnaire. The research found moderate self-other agreement between the department director’s self and observer ratings of the NEO-FFI-3 and the MLQ 5X. While no significant correlations were found between the observer ratings of the NEO-FFI-3 and the MLQ 5X, significant correlations were found between a number of observer demographics and their observer ratings of the NEO-FFI-3 and some of the observer demographic variables predicted some of their ratings of the NEO-FFI-3 constructs. Measured by Cronbach’s alpha coefficients, the NEO-FFI-3 and the MLQ 5X both proved to be reliable instruments within this study.
Perez, Robert, "Examining Follower Perceptions of the Relationships Between Public Sector Leadership Behavior and Personality Traits" (2020). Theses & Dissertations. 372.