Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)



First Advisor

Lucie Ferrell, RN, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Bill Swenson, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Marcy Vogt, OTR


The purpose of this study was to identify characteristics of leaders who manage effective rehabilitation teams in skilled nursing facilities. The subjects were 51 rehabilitation professionals employed by a rehabilitation company in the Midwest. Subjects rated their self selected leaders on the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (Bass & Avolio, 1995), and made qualitative comments about their leader on an attached page. Data were analyzed to determine the organizational relationship between the leader and rater. Leadership characteristics were identified by the choices of the raters on the MLQ. The data show that the rehabilitation professionals in this sample population selected a leader with whom they have daily contact. A certain set of leadership characteristics was identified for the leaders rated by rehabilitation professionals who responded to the survey. This study has implications for training, job performance criteria and selection of an appropriate leader to manage a rehabilitation team in a skilled nursing facility.


SC 11.MAL.1998.Ness.KK