ERIC Number: ED231045
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Leadership Style: "The Missing Factor" in Developing Instructionally Effective Schools.
Freed, A. Maria; Sheppard, N. Alan
Extending research findings that strong administrative leadership is the most important influence on a school system, this paper argues that improved leadership, aided by models of leadership style and behavior, can improve instructional effectiveness. Because a significant correlation has been found between teachers' behavior and student learning, the authors reason, the effects of administrative supervision of teachers can be seen in student learning. To assist administrators in being aware of their leadership styles and the degree of their effectiveness, two theoretical models are outlined and coordinated. One model, the Managerial Grid, reflects administrators' leadership styles in weighing the relative importance of people and products in decision-making. The other model cited, the Identification of the Maturity Level of Subordinates, would allow administrators to gauge management situations. It is suggested that administrators combine the two approaches to understand their leadership styles and to use appropriate motivators for various groups. To achieve organizational change in education, the paper concludes, administrative leadership must develop a climate for instructional effectiveness. (JW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Identification of Maturity Level of Subordinates; Managerial Grid
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 11-15, 1983). Portions of text may reproduce poorly.