Validation of the Implementation Leadership Scale (ILS) with Supervisors’ Self-Ratings

Feb 10, 2017 | E. M. Torres, M. G. Ehrhart, R. S. Beidas, L. R. Farahnak, N. K. Finn and G. A. Aarons

Although often discussed, there is a lack of empirical research on the role of leadership in the management and delivery of health services. The implementation leadership scale (ILS) assesses the degree to which leaders are knowledgeable, proactive, perseverant, and supportive during evidence-based practice (EBP) implementation. The purpose of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of the ILS for leaders’ self-ratings using a sample of mental health clinic supervisors (N = 119). Supervisors (i.e., leaders) completed surveys including self-ratings of their implementation leadership. Confirmatory factor analysis, reliability, and validity of the ILS were evaluated. The ILS factor structure was supported in the sample of supervisors. Results demonstrated internal consistency reliability and validity. Cronbach alpha’s ranged from 0.92 to 0.96 for the ILS subscales and 0.95 for the ILS overall scale. The factor structure replication and reliability of the ILS in a sample of supervisors demonstrates its applicability with employees across organizational levels.

PubMed Abstract

Torres EM, Ehrhart MG, Beidas RS, Farahnak LR, Finn NK, Aarons GA. Validation of the Implementation Leadership Scale (ILS) with Supervisors' Self-Ratings. Community mental health journal. 2017.