Masters Theses

Keywords and Phrases

Five Factor Model of Personality


"The trait approach to leadership has been researched extensively and applied to several fields. This study examined whether or not student leadership in registered student organizations is related to personality traits on the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus from spring semesters 2008, 2009, and 2010. It also explored whether or not traits are related to students joining organizations, during these same semesters. The students' personalities were evaluated using the Hogan Personality Inventory (HPJ), which entering freshmen voluntarily completed. The seven scales of the HPJ are Adjustment, Ambition, Sociability, Interpersonal Sensitivity, Prudence, Inquisitiveness, and Learning Approach. Personality results were combined with cocurricular transcript data for students in organizations. This data included the leadership positions students held, specifically the positions of president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary. Based on the 2007 freshmen class, only interpersonal sensitivity correlated significantly with holding a leadership role at a later point and that role was president. Similarly, the interpersonal sensitivity scores on the HPI were statistically different for students who were presidents from the rest of the student population that year. This poses the idea that based on students' HPJ scores, one can predict at a level higher than chance which students will become presidents of S&T campus organizations. This study also found that traits from the HPJ correlated with the type of organization joined (i.e. students joining Greek, honor and professional, academic departmental, and design organizations). Finally, being a member of a Greek organization had the strongest relationship found in this study. Members of Greek organizations were the most sociable while being the least prudent"--Abstract, page iii.


Montgomery, Robert
Daughton, William

Committee Member(s)

Raper, Stephen A.


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Engineering Management


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2011


viii, 37 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 42-48).


© 2011 Christyn Nicolle Collum, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Leadership -- Case studies -- Psychological aspects
Personality assessment
Personality tests
Trait intercorrelations

Thesis Number

T 9812

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