Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln



Fadehan, O. A. (2010). Leadership in the Library and Information Environment. Ozean Journal of Social Sciences, 3(1).

Fiedler, F. E. (1972, December). The Effects of Leadership Training and Experience: A Contingency Model Interpretation. Administrative Science Quarterly, 17(4), 453-470. doi:10.2307/2393826

Fishbein, M., Landy, E., & Hatch, G. (1969, December). A Consideration of Two Assumptions Underlying Fiedler's Contingency Model for Prediction of Leadership Effectiveness. The American Journal of Psychology, 82(4), 457-473. doi:10.2307/1420440

Furnham, A. (2005). The psychology of behaviour at work: The individual in the organization. Hove: Psychology Press.

Gupta, A. (2009, April 25). Contingent Leadership. Retrieved September 23, 2016, from

Hackman, J. R. (1965). Tests, Questionnaires and Tasks of the Group Effectiveness Research Laboratory l9Sl-l9b (Tech. No. 24). Urbana, Illinois.

Kuhn, S. (2010). An Overview and Discussion of Fred E. Fiedler's Contingency Model of Leadership Effectiveness. 10. Retrieved from

Mitchell, E. S. (1989). A test of leadership effectiveness in academic libraries. Advances in Academic library Administration and Organization, 8, 25-38.

Mitchell, E. S. (1987). Leadership style in academic libraries: A test of Fiedler's Contingency Model of Leadership Effectiveness (Doctoral dissertation, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1987) (pp. 1-173). New Brunswick, New Jersey: U.m.i.

Mullins, J. (2004). Perceptions of leadership in the public library: A transnational study. University College Cork (Unpublished master's thesis, 2004). doi:

Peretomode, O. (2012). Situational And Contingency Theories Of Leadership: Are They The Same? IOSR Journal of Business and Management (IOSR-JBM), 4(3), 13-17. Retrieved from

Tuai, C. K. (2011). Structural Contingency Theory Model Of Library And Technology Partnerships Within An Academic Library Information Commons (Unpublished master's thesis). Indiana University. doi:

Vorwerk, R. J. (n.d.). The Research Basis of Employee- Centered Supervision.Supervision of Employees in Libraries, 21-27.

Weiner, S. G. (2003). Leadership of Academic Libraries: A Literature Review. Education Libraries,26(2), 5. doi:10.26443/el.v26i2.187


The purpose of this study is to identify the compatibility of the inborn leadership style of the librarians to their situational leadership style using Fiedler’s Contingency Theory of Leadership; to find how the changes in situational variables affect one another; to investigate the degree of correlation between situational variables and LPC score obtained by the librarians. The head of the libraries of Dr. V. S. Krishna Library of Andhra University, Knowledge Resource Center of GITAM University, Osmania University Library and Ramesh Mohan Library of The English and Foreign Language University have been selected using purposive sampling technique. In order to investigate the leadership style of the library officials, survey and interview method was adopted. The result of the study shows that all the librarians are identically inherited relationship-oriented leaders but they are task oriented leaders in the regular situations of the library. The evidence of both positive and negative covariance has been found where power position seems to be playing the pessimistic role. It can also be found that the relationship between task structure and leader member relationship is the strongest whereas that of LPC scale and task structure is lowest. The originality of the study lies in the determination of leadership style and situational favourableness in the practical situation.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.