Date of Award

Spring 2008

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Psychology

Committee Director

James M. Henson

Committee Member

Terry L. Dickinson

Committee Member

Bryan E. Porter

Committee Member

Alan F. Nordholm

Abstract

This study examined the construct-related validity evidence for team leadership measurement within the United States Navy. Drawing on literature from industrial/organizational, sport, and military psychology, the current research specified one nomological network for officer team leadership appraisal. The proposed model tested the idea that Naval team leaders engaging in transformational behaviors would be more likely to use and encourage the use of teamwork processes, increase cohesion among team members, and maintain superior mission readiness. The hypotheses were tested with performance appraisal data from 900 Commanders, Lieutenant Commanders, and Lieutenants from aviation, surface, and subsurface warfare communities. The relationships between the constructs were tested using path analysis. Multiple-group comparisons were conducted to identify differences in modeled relationships across the warfare communities. Results did not provide support to the argument that team leadership is more accurately defined and measured as a series of interrelated constructs. Discussion centered on the implications of the results for assessing team leadership.

DOI

10.25777/sw9v-d428

ISBN

9781109404234

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