Date of Award

Winter 12-22-2016

Document Type

Dissertation - University of Massachusetts Global access only

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Organizational Leadership

First Advisor

Philip Pendley

Second Advisor

Margaret Moodian

Third Advisor

Glenn Worthington


The quantitative study examined the perception of leadership and its impact on employee engagement. The study focused on several key areas related to leadership and engagement. A theoretical background on leadership and employee engagement were presented, along with the problem and purpose of the study. A discussion of the significance and inclusive value, questions related to perceptions of leadership and engagement, an assessment of the significance of the problem, and a walk-through the anticipated methodology were also provided. The study used the Transformational Leadership Skills Inventory (TLSi) to gather data related to how leaders perceive their own leadership skills and how employees perceive their leaders’ leadership skills, as well as the Employee Engagement Survey to collect data on employee workplace sentiment. Data was analyzed, determining that a significant difference existed between the leaders’ self-perception and employees’ perception of their leaders’ leadership skills. Furthermore, the analysis reported that a correlation existed between employees’ ratings of leaders and employees’ ratings of their own engagement.