ERIC Number: ED158440
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
The Senior High School Principalship. Volume II: The Effective Principal.
Gorton, Richard A.; McIntyre, Kenneth E.
An analysis of indepth interviews with sixty effective principals, this study attempted to document the characteristics that allow high school principals to be effective leaders. Principals interviewed were picked by directors of secondary education in the department of public instruction in each state. Interviewers were asked questions about personal, professional, and school characteristics; the nature of the job; and problem-solving techniques. The interviews revealed no set of personal qualities or unique leadership style for effective high school principals. The majority of principals interviewed were hardworking, dedicated individuals concerned with students and very interested in high educational quality. Their greatest asset was their ability to work with different kinds of people. They all had strong support from students, teachers, parents, and the district office, along with a reasonable amount of autonomy and resources. Many complained about excessive amounts of paperwork, required attendance at district meetings, and lack of clarity in their role descriptions. Most of the principals gave low priority to the areas of curriculum development, teacher inservice education, program evaluation, and community involvement. Finally, most of these effective principals were not planning to stay in the principalship. They were planning to move to higher positions or to leave education altogether. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Administrator Characteristics, High Schools, Interviews, Leadership Qualities, Principals
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.
Note: For a related document, see ED 154 508