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Does sense of humor moderate the relationship between leadership style and conflict management style?

Melissa Hoffman, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


This study investigated the moderating effects sense of humor has on the relationship between leadership style and conflict management style of college student leaders. It is essential that student leaders possess qualities that respond to situations of conflict in a healthy and productive manner. Previous research suggests that humor can aid in the development of positive coping skills and improve communication skills during difficult situations. ^ The 98 participants in this study completed the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ), the Rahim Organizational Conflict Inventory-II (ROCI-II), and the Multidimensional Sense of Humor Scale (MSHS). For each student leader, ratings of leadership behavior and outcomes were obtained from three followers, using the MLQ rater-form. Although all the hypotheses were not supported, many significant correlations emerged. The results showed that there was a positive relationship between sense of humor and self-rated transformational and self-rated transactional leadership style. The findings suggest sense of humor had a positive relationship with the integrating and dominating styles of conflict management which is inconsistent with previous research. Multiple regression analyses revealed that as sense of humor and transformational leadership behaviors increase, the preference for the avoiding conflict management style decrease. ^

Subject Area

Business Administration, Management

Recommended Citation

Hoffman, Melissa, "Does sense of humor moderate the relationship between leadership style and conflict management style?" (2007). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3284029.