Fred Fiedler

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Fred Fiedler (1922) is of Austrian descent, Emeritus Professor and one of the leading researchers in the field of leadership and organizational performance.

Fred Fiedler is the founder of the contingency theory that shows the relationship (contingency) between leadership effectiveness and situational circumstances.

Biography Fred Fiedler

In 1938, at the age of 16, Fred Fiedler emigrated from Austria (Vienna) to the United States.

He studied at the University of Chicago. Fred Fiedler first obtained his Master’s Degree (MSc.) in psychology and later he obtained his doctorate (Ph.D.) within the field of clinical psychology.

At the end of the 1940s Fred Fiedler embarked on a study into leadership and he studied behaviour and personal characteristics in particular. 

Fred Fiedler began with a study of the leadership of high school basketball teams. This led to his development of the Least Preferred Co-worker (LPC) score. 

Fred Fiedler continued to study various areas of activity in the field of effective leadership.

The results of these years of study can be found in the ground breaking book Theory of Leadership Effectiveness, which was published in 1967.

This was the first leadership theory to predict and measure the interaction between a leader’s personality and their situational control as a predictor of their leadership performance.

Fiedler established that this success was dependent on the effective interaction of the leader’s characteristics and the situational circumstances that needed to be managed.

This theory is still used today in studies into effective leadership.

Fred Fiedler is especially characterized as a prolific researcher, thinker and writer and he has received numerous awards for his achievements and contributions to economics and science.

In personal circles, he was also known by his daughters as “The man who napped”, because to them he was. He even had a special chair for 20 years to do these naps.

Famous quote by Fred Fiedler

  1. “The quality of leadership, more than any other single factor, determines the success or failure of an organization.”

Publications and books by Fred Fiedler et al.

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