Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

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

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©), a situational judgment test (SJT), with multi-source ratings. The SALSA© was administered to MBA and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership students via Blackboard; multi-source ratings, which paralleled the leadership dimensions of the SALSA©, were administered online. Each student completed the SALSA© and was rated by his or her supervisor, 3-5 peers, 1-5 subordinates, and him/herself. SALSA© scores were not correlated with any of the corresponding dimensions on multi-source ratings. This finding may suggest that the multi-source ratings and SALSA© are not measuring the same leadership construct; or these results may be due to low variance in SALSA scores and low variance in the ratings. Self ratings were not significantly higher than other ratings, with three exceptions. Also, no difference was found between SALSA scores for MBA and Ed.D. students. This study was limited by the small sample size.


Personality and Social Contexts | Psychology