A Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Leadership Attitudes and Beliefs Scale - III

International Journal of Arts and Sciences 4(6): 284-296 (2011)

13 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2013

Date Written: September 1, 2011

Abstract

Wielkiewicz (2000) developed the Leadership Attitudes and Belief Scale - III (LABS-III), a scale to measure college students’ attitudes and beliefs about hierarchal and systemic leadership. The benefit of this scale is that it assesses attitudes and beliefs of college students without the necessity of prior leadership experience. The scale was developed based on Allen, Stelzner, and Wielkiewicz's (1998) theory of ecological leadership. Wielkiewicz validated the LABS-III using two groups, students at a Catholic college and students at a traditional public university. This study investigates the attitudes and beliefs of students from a conservative, private college, dissimilar in overall orientation and background from the two groups used by Wielkiewicz. A confirmatory factor analysis showed the Leadership Attitudes and Beliefs scale loaded on two dimensions, hierarchal and systemic thinking. This study finds that Wielkiewicz’s scale has content validity but lacks discriminate validity with some questions but it does load on two dimensions, as designed. It is recommended that additional studies be done with larger samples.

Keywords: ecological theory of leadership, systemic leadership, hierarchical leadership

JEL Classification: M14, M54

Suggested Citation

Lowhorn, Greg L., A Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Leadership Attitudes and Beliefs Scale - III (September 1, 2011). International Journal of Arts and Sciences 4(6): 284-296 (2011), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2223795

Greg L. Lowhorn (Contact Author)

Pensacola Christian College ( email )

250 Brent Ln
Pensacola, FL 32503
United States

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