Chapter 33. Patterns Of Effective Supervisory Behavior

Henry P. Sims, Jr.

The purpose of the Supervisory Behavior Questionnaire is to identify patterns of leader behavior and to describe them in terms of an operant theory of leadership (Mawhinney & Ford, 1977; Scott, 1977; Sims, 1977). This introduction to the instrument will presenta conceptual approach to leadership theory that is different from the traditional approaches of consideration/initiating structure, managerial grid, and/or contingency theory.

Theory Underlying The Instrument

The instrument assumes a theory of leadership based on operant or reinforcement principles (Skinner, 1969). According to this theory, behavior within organizations is controlled by "contingencies of reinforcement." ...

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