Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Larry H. Ebbers
The current study examined the characteristics, developmental patterns, organizational environments, and career orientations of successful individuals recognized for their leadership potential. Data were collected by means of a mailed survey. Respondents included 69 males and 38 females whose average age at the time of the study was 37.7 years;Research results suggest that the subjects tended to attribute their success to hard work, common sense, ambition, and desire to excel, and the ability to get things done. Such personal characteristics and attitudes were rated more important than intelligence, specific abilities, family environment, working hard at school, and getting good grades. In addition, survey respondents indicated they possess a task-satisfaction orientation, characterized by solving complex problems, figuring things out for themselves, preferring to set their own goals, and being absorbed in their work;A comparison of subjects' descriptions of their current organizational environments and the work environments they described as ideal for facilitating their creativity revealed statistically significant differences at the.01 level and beyond. Current work environments were perceived as having a higher than ideal: concern for the status quo, concern for procedures, amount of organizational disinterest, and preponderance of political problems. The ideal organizational environment for facilitating creativity was characterized by high amounts of challenge, encouragement, cooperation, and productivity.
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Rita Ann Jensen
Jensen, Rita Ann, "Iowa's young leaders: characteristics, organizational environments, and career orientations " (1988). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 8779.