Publication Date

Spring 2016

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Aaron Wichman (Director), Elizabeth L. Shoenfelt, and Amber Schroeder

Degree Program

Department of Psychological Sciences

Degree Type

Master of Science


I investigated insecurity threat and its implications for employee leadership preferences. Preferences for three types of leadership style were examined: charismatic, relationship-oriented, and task-oriented leadership. It was anticipated that individuals’ salient work values would predict leadership preference more strongly after insecurity threat than under control conditions. Two different types of threats were investigated in comparison to a neutral control condition.

Results showed that there were no statistically significant differences in leader ratings between threat conditions. My results suggest that threat does not significantly influence preference for charismatic or task-oriented leaders. Work values did not significantly predict a preference for a leadership type.


Applied Behavior Analysis | Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Social Psychology