Computational Model of the Leader’s Expressive Style and Linguistic Patterns on Leadership
Mentor:Curt Burgess, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Riverside
Content models are used in many researches to understand human cognition, emotion, personality and ability. The DICTION model used in Bligh, Kohles and Meindl’s (2004) study analyzes 74 of President Bush’s speeches and measure any changes in his pre and post 9/11 speeches had occurred. However, the content models have been criticized because they inherently take words out of context. Thus, the purpose of this proposal is to introduce a well-established conceptual model developed by a UCR professor, Curt Burgess, and examine the reliability and validity of the Bligh et al. (2004) results and their model. The proposal also addresses how expressive style and linguistic usage could affect leadership effectiveness. The proposal is important because it raises attention on the significance of linguistic usage on the national political issue and potentially develops an operational model of the characteristics of leadership language. The abstract represents the first phrase of this research to determine if the Bligh study (2004) could be replicated in order to test its validity.