ERIC Number: ED028541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Leader Behavior Characteristics and Organizational Climate.
Wiggins, Thomas W.
To investigate the leader behavior characteristics of elementary school principals and to examine these characteristics as they relate to organizational climate, 35 randomly selected southern California schools with approximately 715 teachers and principals were studied. The data on organizational climate were collected by means of the Organizational Climate Description Questionnaire (OCDQ) by Halpin and Croft, and on the leader behavior characteristics by means of the Fundamental Interpersonal Relationship Orientation-Behavior (FIRO-B) by Schutz, Orientation Inventory (ORI) by Buss, and the Survey on Interpersonal Values (SIV) by Gordon. When little support was found for the original hypothesis, that there exists a significant relationship between leader behavior characteristics of elementary principals and the organizational climates of their schools, the data were reanalyzed in search of plausible explanations. That the original analyses measured teacher perception of organizational climate as compared to principal perception of leader behavior characteristics constituted one plausible explanation. The findings clearly indicated the presence of a compelling organizational climate stability even when principals were replaced. (HW)
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Identifiers: Firo B Scale; Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation; Organizational Climate Description Questionnaire; Orientation Inventory; Survey of Interpersonal Values (Gordon)
Note: Paper based on unpublished, copyrighted Ph.D. dissertation & presented at the Annual Meeting of the Amer. Educ. Res. Assn. (Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 5-8, 1969).