Access Type

Open Access Thesis

Date of Award

January 2013

Degree Type


Degree Name




First Advisor

Marcus W. Dickson


There is evidence that parenting styles shape the development of competence and achievement strategies, and that the authoritative parenting style is the most successful style in developing appropriate achievement strategies (Aunola, Stattin & Nurmi, 2000; Glasgow, Dornbusch, Troyer, Steinberg & Ritter, 1997)The present study investigated the link between parenting styles experienced during childhood and leadership styles adopted later in life, as well as which parent children perceive as most effective and whether that influences the leadership style they adopt later in life. Findings suggest that knowing the parenting style one experienced in childhood can help identify an individual's future leadership style, such that individuals who have been raised with a permissive parenting style and perceive that to be most effective tend to adopt a laissez-faire leadership style in adulthood. No relationship was found between the gender of the participant and gender of the parent perceived as effective on reported leadership style. Limitations and future research are discussed.

Included in

Psychology Commons