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Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dr. Elizabeth Shoenfelt (Director), Dr. Reagan Brown, Dr. Jacqueline Pope-Tarrence

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The current study assessed the convergent validity of the Situational Assessment of Leadership – Student Assessment (SALSA©) and multi-source ratings in Division I intercollegiate athletic teams. Identified student-athlete team leaders were asked to complete the SALSA©, which assesses eight dimensions of leadership. By assessing the relationship between SALSA© scores and multi-source ratings (i.e., self, teammate, and coach), of the same eight leadership dimensions, a unique multi-dimensional perspective of leadership is revealed. Results indicated a significant positive relationship between overall SALSA© scores and overall self and coach performance ratings. Overall SALSA© scores also were significantly correlated with Overall Leadership Effectiveness peer-ratings. The dimension of Problem Solving/Innovation was significantly correlated with self-, peer-, and coach-ratings. Influencing Others and Communication SALSA© scores were significantly correlated with the self rating for their respective dimension. Self-ratings were significantly higher than any other source of rating. This study further validates the effectiveness of the SALSA© to identify and predict leadership behavior.


Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Personality and Social Contexts | Psychology