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 ROTC cadets via Blackboard; multi-source ratings, which paralleled the leadership dimensions of the SALSA©, were administered via paper. Each cadet completed the SALSA© and was rated by 10 peers, his/herself, and at least one cadre (superior). SALSA© scores were not correlated with any of the corresponding dimensions on multi-source ratings, with one exception. Cadre ratings of Consideration/Team Skills were positively correlated with SALSA© scores on the same dimension. This finding suggests that the multi-source ratings and the SALSA© are not measuring the same leadership construct. Self-ratings were significantly higher than peer or cadre ratings. Senior ROTC cadets scored significantly higher on SALSA© than did Junior ROTC cadets. Future research should focus on differences between autocratic styles of leadership and democratic styles of leadership and whether different SJTs are needed to measure each style.


Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Psychology | Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Psychology