Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Occupational Therapy (M.S.)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Scott Truskowski


Successful organizations and professions depend on quality leadership. However, the literature on leadership in the field of occupational therapy, particularly understanding the effects of self-awareness, is limited. The qualitative, hermeneutic, phenomenological methodology combined with grounded theory analysis utilized in this study, examines the perceived effects of self-awareness of leadership styles on occupational therapy leaders’ decision making. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews, four weeks after the completion of two self-awareness assessments. There were a total of four participants. All participants were occupational therapists and currently held a formal leadership title in the Midwest United States. The data was transcribed verbatim and coded for themes by multiple researchers. Several methods were utilized to ensure trustworthiness. Results identify several perceptions into the effect that self-awareness of leadership styles has on decision making. Participants discussed increased confidence, validation, and visions for growth as outcomes of the research experience. Additionally, this research offers insight into the development of occupational therapy leaders. Reflection on strengths, weakness, and leadership journeys was identified as a positive experience by the participants.