Information Sheet – Business Managers

Dear Sir/Madam,

You are invited to participate in a research study, which partially fulfils the requirements of my Doctor of Philosophy (Management). This research is being supervised by Dr Sarah Dawkins, Adjunct Professor Angela Martin, and Dr Gemma Lewis at the University of Tasmania.

The purpose of my study is to develop and validate a measure of authentic leadership. Authentic leadership is an approach that emphasises building honest relationships, displaying openness and being aware of one’s personal strengths, weaknesses and consequences of their actions. This leadership theory arose in response to increase in unethical leader behaviour in large corporations and governments.

The attached questionnaire is designed to collect data on the perception of leaders, or in the case of your participation, on your own leadership perceptions. You are being invited to participate in this study because you are a current organisational leader. Participation in this study is voluntary, and whilst your participation is greatly appreciated, there are no consequences if you decide not to participate.

If you do wish to participate, please click the link in your email and complete the attached questionnaire on your leadership behaviours. All data you provide will be treated in a confidential manner. You are not required to provide your name or any other personal information to ensure your answers remain anonymous.  You may choose not to answer any question or withdraw from the research at any time. All data will be stored in a locked office or on a password protected server at the University of Tasmania. After five years, these records will be shredded/deleted.

The process, if you choose to participate, involves:
1. Completing the following survey.
2. Forwarding an email template to all employees who report to you inviting them to consider participation and complete a questionnaire on their perceptions of you as their leader.

If you would like, you can request to be sent a summary of findings after the completion of this research, before December 2018. Aggregate results of this questionnaire will be reported in my PhD thesis, and may be published in a number of academic journal articles. For further information about this study, please contact either myself as the researcher.

This study has been approved by the Tasmanian Social Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have concerns or complaints about the conduct of this study, please contact the Executive Officer of the HREC (Tasmania) Network on +61 3 6226 6254 or email human.ethics@utas.edu.au. The Executive Officer is the person nominated to receive complaints from research participants. Please quote ethics reference number H0016240.

Thank you for taking the time to read this information. Given this is an anonymous questionnaire, your consent is implied by completion of the questionnaire.