Term of Award

Summer 2016

Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.


Department of Health and Kinesiology

Committee Chair

Brandonn Harris

Committee Member 1

Daniel Czech

Committee Member 2

Trey Burdette

Committee Member 3

David Noel

Committee Member 3 Email



The purpose of this study was twofold. The first purpose was to investigate the presence and prominence of transactional and transformational leadership styles among US Army ROTC cadets in authority positions. The second purpose was to see whether these leadership styles had a significant influence on the program satisfaction of US Army ROTC cadets who are not in leadership positions. Those in leadership positions were predicted to rate themselves as being more transformational than those in subordinate positions would rate them. Transformational leadership was expected to be more positively associated with program satisfaction, while transactional leadership was expected to be more negatively associated with program satisfaction. Both leadership styles were also expected to account for a significant proportion of variance in program satisfaction. The study found that certain subscales of transformational leadership were positively associated with program satisfaction, and that transactional leadership did not have a significant negative effect on program satisfaction. These results and future directions are discussed.

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