By Phillip W. Braddy, John W. Fleenor
Center for Creative Leadership
Rachel E. Sturm, Leanne E. Atwater
University of Houston
James W. Smither
La Salle University
Feedback orientation is an individual difference variable that represents individuals’ receptivity to feedback. In 2010, Linderbaum and Levy developed and validated a measure of feedback orientation called the Feedback Orientation Scale (FOS). We investigated the validity of the FOS using 172 participants in a leadership development program designed for middle- to senior-level leaders. Our results support the FOS’s convergent validity, as it was correlated with implicit person theory (assumptions regarding the malleability of personal attributes) and achievement motivation. We also found support for the FOS’s criterion-related validity, as it was correlated with participants’ reactions to their 360-degree feedback. Participants’ feedback orientation, however, was unrelated to coach ratings of their openness, likelihood to change, and defensiveness during their feedback sessions.
Braddy, P., Sturm, R., Atwater, L., Smither, J., & Fleenor, J. (2013). Validating the feedback orientation scale in a leadership development context. Group & Organization Management, 38(6), 690-716. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1059601113508432