Abstract Gender Differences in Law Enforcement Leadership Style: Implications for Subordinate Job Satisfaction

Gender Differences in Law Enforcement Leadership Style: Implications for Subordinate Job Satisfaction

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TITLE Gender Differences in Law Enforcement Leadership Style: Implications for Subordinate Job Satisfaction
 
RESEARCHER Abby Lokkesmoe, Gillian Oley, Alex Karman, Kristina Bird, Amber Gonzalez, Emily Weatherholt, Felix Hernandez, and Emily Kolacz
Liberty University (Virginia)
Unpublished research paper: May 2019

OBJECTIVE
The purpose of the study was to investigate the relationship between law enforcement leadership style and subordinate employee job satisfaction, and the impact of gender.

METHODOLOGY
Twenty-five police leaders (first sergeant or above) and one of their direct reports completed the Leadership Practices Inventory and the Job Descriptive Index.

KEY FINDINGS
There was a significant positive correlation between the five leadership practices and the direct report supervision subscale of the JDI, and this finding held true regardless of gender. There were no gender differences for the police leaders on Model, Inspire, Challenge, and Enable, with females exhibiting significantly more Encourage than their male counterparts.

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