Reflecting Leader Behavior from The Looking Glass, Inc. Simulation


  • Ralph M. Roberts
  • Diana Page
  • Chester A. Schriesheim


The purpose of this pilot study was to compare the view of leadership style, as self reported by the superior and as perceived by the subordinate, in a simulated environment for research and class pedagogy. Class pedagogy, reported in this paper, is based on J. Luft’s and H. Ingham’s (Luft, 1984) dynamic model of interpersonal communication. Using the model, students contrast the hypothesized differences in subordinate/superior views of leadership style and through guided discussion become acutely aware of the likelihood and consequences of those differences. Discussion of methods to mitigate those differences completes the learning module.