Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Industrial/Organizational Psychology: M.S.
College of Liberal Arts
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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.
Hiltner, Kirsten, "Leadership Styles and Satisfaction: An Application of Adlerian Theory to the Workplace" (2022). Culminating Projects in Psychology. 17.