Date Approved

Winter 12-2004

Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Communications (M.S.)

Degree Program

School of Communications


Evolution of Leadership Theories is a comprehensive study of leadership trends over the years, and in various contexts and theoretical foundations. This study presents the history of dominant leadership theories and research, beginning with the Great man thesis and Trait theory, to the Transformational and Transactional leadership styles to various leadership characteristics. This thesis also offers an example of how a current health care organization utilizes leadership knowledge through an employee satisfaction survey. The researcher took questions from an employee satisfaction survey that directly related to leadership and analyzed how questions as such are beneficial for improving employee job satisfaction. The researcher hypothesized that conducting and analyzing employee satisfaction surveys in relation to leadership is effective in providing information that helps in producing and enabling strong employee to employer relationships.


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