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Fred Edward Fiedler (born July 13, 1922[1]) is one of the leading researchers in Industrial and organizational psychology of the 20th century.[2]

He was business and management psychologist at the University of Washington.

He helped this field move from the research on traits and personal characteristics of leaders, to leadership styles and behaviours. In 1967 he introduced the contingency modeling of leadership, with the now-famous Fiedler contingency model.

Fred Fiedlers work with the contingency model of leadership provided an answer to the failings of the trait and behavioral theories and added to the understanding of the dynamics of leadership.


  1. ^ Witzel, Morgen (2005). Encyclopedia of History of American Management. Thoemmes Continuum. p. 157. ISBN 1843711311. 
  2. ^ "Fred Edward Fiedler". Retrieved 2011-06-02. 

Sources and bibliography[edit]

  • Ashour, A.S. (1973) ‘The Contingency Model of Leadership Effectiveness: An Evaluation’, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 9(3): 339–55.
  • Bass, B.M. (1990) ‘Leader March’, a Handbook of Leadership, New York: The Free Press, 494–510, 651–2, 840–41.
  • Fiedler, F.E. (1958) Leader Attitudes and Group Effectiveness, Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press.
  • Fiedler, F.E. (1967) A Theory of Leadership Effectiveness, New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Fiedler, F.E. (1971) Leadership, New York: General Learning Press.
  • Fiedler, F.E. (1981) Leader Attitudes and Group Effectiveness, Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.
  • Fiedler, F.E. (1992) ‘Life in a Pretzel-shaped Universe’, in A.G. Bedeian (ed.), Management Laureates: A Collection of Autobiographical Essays, Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, vol. 1, 301–34.
  • Fiedler, F.E. (1994) Leadership Experience and Leadership Performance, Alexandria, VA: US Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences.
  • Fiedler, F.E. (1997) Directory of the American Psychological Association, Chicago: St James Press, 419.
  • Fiedler, F.E. and Chemers, M.M. (1974) Leadership and Effective Management, Glenview, IL: Scott, Foresman and Co.
  • Fiedler, F.E. and Garcia, J.E. (1987) New Approaches to Leadership, Cognitive Resources and Organizational Performance, New York: John Wiley and Sons.
  • Fiedler, F.E., Chemers, M.M. and Mahar, L. (1976) Improving Leadership Effectiveness: The Leader Match Concept, New York: John Wiley and Sons.
  • Fiedler, F.E., Garcia, J.E. and Lewis, C.T. (1986) People Management, and Productivity, Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Fiedler, F.E., Gibson, F.W. and Barrett, K.M. (1993) ‘Stress, Babble, and the Utilization of the Leader’s Intellectual Abilities’, Leadership Quarterly 4(2): 189–208.
  • Fiedler, F.E., Godfrey, E.P. and Hall, D.M. (1959) Boards, Management and Company Success, Danville, IL: Interstate Publishers.
  • Hooijberg, R. and Choi, J. (1999) "From Austria to the United States and from Evaluating Therapists to Developing Cognitive Resources Theory: An Interview with Fred Fiedler", Leadership Quarterly 10(4): 653–66.
  • King, B., Streufert, S. and Fiedler, F.E. (1978) Managerial Control and Organizational Democracy, Washington, DC: V.H. Winston and Sons.
  • Schriesheim, C.A. and Kerr, S. (1977a) "Theories and Measures of Leadership", in J.G. Hunt, and L.L. Larson (eds), Leadership: The Cutting Edge, Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 9–45.
  • Fiedler, F.E. 1977b) "R.I.P LPC: A Response to Fiedler", in J.G. Hunt, and L.L. Larson (eds), Leadership: The Cutting Edge, Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 51–6.
  • Vecchio, R.P. (1977) "An Empirical Examination of the Validity of Fiedler’s Model of Leadership Effectiveness", Organizational Behavior and Human Performance 19: 180–206.
  • Fiedler, F.E. (1983) ‘Assessing the Validity of Fiedler’s Contingency Model of Leadership Effectiveness: A Closer look at Strube and Garcia’, Psychological Bulletin 93: 404–8.

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Tue, 15 Sep 2015 15:07:30 -0700

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Pittsburgh Business Times

Wed, 08 Oct 2014 11:00:00 -0700

Presbyterian Homes of Lake Erie has utilized the management expertise and support services of Presbyterian SeniorCare for the past six years. According to Presbyterian Homes Board Chair, Fred Fiedler, strong progress has been made on numerous fronts ...
East Hampton Star
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:22:30 -0700

“Our main goal was that people not abuse the Square,” said Fred Fiedler, its property manager. “It isn't for beachgoers. Now people seem to get a spot much quicker.” The tenants had complained for several years, he said, that people were parking at the ...
Suffolk Times
Wed, 25 Dec 2013 06:02:13 -0800

A former Southold policeman and firefighter — 72-year-old Fred Fiedler — died during the blizzard, when he suffered a heart attack while clearing away the piling snow. The nor'easter struck the night of Feb. 8 into that weekend, dumping the most snow ...
Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:30:16 -0800

Southold police said Fred Fiedler, 73, a retired town police officer, died early Saturday while removing snow from his home on Reydon Drive in Southold. Fiedler was using a snowblower to clear his driveway when he apparently had a heart attack, police ...
Whitsunday Times
Sat, 01 Jun 2013 13:09:59 -0700

RUNNING ON IN AYR: A large contingent of Whitsunday runners competed in Ayr over the weekend. Back: Fred Fiedler, Cassie Carman, Hannah Finnigan, Lloyd Clode-Roberts, Ryan Palazzi, Ebony Banes, Josh Dyke, Steve Jackson, Jade Parker, Cade ...


Sun, 23 Aug 2015 18:30:00 -0700

... la gente desarrollaba más a gusto su trabajo cuando era recompensada por ello; Jacob Moreno, ideó la Sicometría para estudiar las interacciones del grupo; Fred Fiedler habló sobre el liderazgo como tema importante del comportamiento organizacional.

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