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Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology

Committee Chair

Shawn E. Davis, PhD


Within the present study, perceptions of leadership styles and conflict management styles were examined to identify if a relationship exists between these two concepts. Employees and supervisors of a major technology factory were surveyed using the Leadership Practices Inventory, the Global Transformational Leadership Scale, the Bem Sex-Role Inventory, the Hall Conflict Management Scale; and the Rahim Organizational Conflict Inventory-II. Transformational leaders were posited to utilize an equal concern for self and others when engaging in conflict. A positive relationship between Transformational / Leadership and integrative/collaborative conflict management styles was found to exist. A negative relationship between Transformational Leadership and an avoidant conflict management style was also found. These findings are consistent with previous research on Transformational Leadership and conflict management.


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