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Leadership style and cognitive complexity

by Lars L Larson, Kendrith M Rowland


Studied the relationship between least preferred coworker (LPC) scores and cognitive complexity in 24 male middle- and upper-level managers (age range = 31-50 yrs), 30 male civil service engineers (age range = 24-55 yrs), 79 male undergraduates, and 44 male graduate business students. Cognitive complexity was measured using T. R. Mitchell's modification of W. A. Scott's measure of cognitive complexity-simplicity and by Bieri's REP Test. Results do not support the hypothesis that LPC scores are positively related to measures of cognitive complexity in the area of interpersonal relations. Age and experience had no effects on this relationship. (21 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved)

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