This research has a twofaceted purpose. First, the leadership style of a subject is analyzed. Second, leadership theory and the leadership style of the subject is applied to a policy management simulation.
The leadership style of the subject was analyzed within the context of the LBAII Leadership Style Profile.1 The LBAII Leadership Style Profile is one of several quadrantstructured assessment devices used in the analysis of leadership and management styles. The vertical axis of the LBAII Leadership Style Profile represents a subject's propensity for supportive behavior in leadership situations, while the horizontal axis represents a subject's propensity for directive behavior in such situations. The lower right quadrant in the LBAII matrix (S1) represents a combination of strong directive behavior and weak supportive behavior, while the upper right quadrant (S2) represents a combination of strong directive behavior and strong supportive behavior. The upper left quadrant in the LBAII matrix (S3) represents a combination of strong supportive behavior and weak directive behavior, while the lower left quadrant (S4) represents a combination of weak supportive behavior and weak directive behavior.
1Blanchard Training and Development, Inc., LBAII Leadership Style Profile Manual (Escondido, California: Blanchard Training and Development, Inc., 1991), 1.
The highest score a subject receives in one of the four quadrants indicates the leadership style profile of the subject. Combined or dual leadership styles are recognized by the LBAII Leadership Style Profile when identical high scores are recorded by a subject in two or more of the quadrants.
Scores on the LBAII Leadership Style Profile are derived from a subject's responses to a 20item instrument. Each item included in the instrument describes an organizational leadership situation, and provides four possible scenarios for each situation from which subject's select on...