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dc.contributor.authorThayne, Tim R.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:21:23Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:21:23Z
dc.date.issued1997-04-02en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-182122439741131en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/30318
dc.description.abstractThis research project utilized concepts and methods from the field of marriage and family therapy, to help leaders from business organizations develop greater relationship competency. A training workshop was designed and then evaluated to improve the quality of the training process, and to answer the following question: what, if any, effect did the workshop have on the participants1 relationship competencies in their work and/or family roles? The workshop participants were 12 people from small to medium sized business organizations who held leadership positions in their companies. The training model consisted of an initial three-day session, followed by a two-month interim period where the participants were given individual coaching, concluded by a two-day follow-up session. Several qualitative methods were used for obtaining data including the use of focus groups, in-depth interviews, and case notes. Formative evaluation processes provided information critical to the program1s improvement. Summative evaluation results indicate that the training was effective in helping individuals increase their relationship competency in the following four areas: 1) increased awareness, 2) greater relationship orientation, 3) new relationship-oriented behaviors, and 4) perceived outcomes. Participants reported having greater awareness of their own cognitive and emotional processes, as well as greater empathy for the experiences of others. Participants1 attitudes became more relationally oriented and were followed by new behaviors that promoted closer family relationships and collaborative work relationships. Participants credited the training with positive relational outcomes such as greater trust, more intimacy, and better communication in selected relationships. Other outcomes, specific to the experience of particular individuals, were also attributed to the training experience. The results provide preliminary evidence that MFT processes may be effective in helping leaders develop interpersonal or relationship competencies in a workshop setting. This study adds to the collection of research where family therapy models have been successfully utilized in diverse human systems contexts.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.rightsI hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the right to archive and to make available my thesis or dissertation in whole or in part in the University Libraries in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all proprietary rights, such as patent rights. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis or dissertation.en_US
dc.subjectleadership developmenten_US
dc.subjectprogram evaluationen_US
dc.subjectinterpersonal competencyen_US
dc.subjectmarriage and family therapyen_US
dc.subjectsolution-focused therapyen_US
dc.titleSolution-Focused Leadership: The Development and Evaluation of a Marriage and Family Therapy-Based Leadership Training Programen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentFamily and Child Developmenten_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineFamily and Child Developmenten_US
dc.contributor.committeechairProtinsky, Howard O. Jr.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSingh, Kusumen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberKurstedt, Harold A. Jr.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMaxwell, Joseph W.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSporakowski, Michael J.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-182122439741131/en_US
dc.date.sdate1998-07-13en_US
dc.date.rdate1998-04-02
dc.date.adate1997-04-02en_US


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