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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type




Degree Name

Industrial/Organizational Psychology: M.S.




College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

Jody Illies

Second Advisor

John Kulas

Third Advisor

Edward Ward

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Adlerian Theory, parenting values, personal values, leadership styles, satisfaction


While Adlerian theory has been applied to both the workplace and parenting, the linkage between the two has not been investigated. Therefore, the first goal of this study was to find if the way someone was raised has an influence on the values they have as an adult. Then, the second goal was to determine whether the individuals’ values influence the style they prefer in a leader. The last goal was to see if congruence between individuals’ preferred leadership style and the perceived leadership style of their current supervisor results in higher job satisfaction. This study found that the participants’ personal values were predicted by their parents’ values while they were growing up. Their preferred leadership style was predicted by their personal values, but not their parents’ values. Lastly, the participants indicated having higher supervisor and overall satisfaction the more similar their current supervisor’s leadership style was to their preferred leadership style.



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