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Dissertation Abstract

CEO Leadership Behaviors, Top Management Teams, and Organizational Performance: A Study of Guatemalan Organizations

Almarie E. Munley
August 2006

The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of chief executive officer (CEO) leadership behaviors among Guatemalan organizations in relation to the level of agreement, commitment, and satisfaction of the top management team (TMT) members and organizational performance. The CEO leadership behaviors examined were autocratic, charismatic, face saver, power sharing, and visionary. It was hypothesized that that there would be a positive relationship between the CEO leadership behaviors and the level of agreement among the TMTs, commitment, and satisfaction. In addition, it was hypothesized that the level of agreement, commitment, and satisfaction would have an effect on overall organizational performance (growth revenue and sales volume). Due to the lack of research regarding executives and their TMTs (Finkelstein & Hambrick, 1996), this study furthers the research among the upper echelon and Guatemalan organizations. A quantitative research design was used to test the hypotheses. The level of analysis was the CEO and TMTs or their respective organizations. The data for this study were collected in part for the Global Leadership Behavioral Effectiveness Research Project, phase 3 in Guatemala from 1999-2001.