ERIC Number: ED260511
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
An Analysis of Leadership Styles and Stress in the Rural Principalship.
The purpose of this study was to determine the nature of the relationship between leadership style and administrative stress in the rural principalship. Administrative stress was examined in terms of boundary-spanning, role-based, conflict-mediating, and task-based stressors, using measures of both frequency and intensity. The potential role of methods of coping with stress employed by principals, as a moderator variable, was recognized and analyzed for its influence on the above relationship. The questionnaire format, administered to male principals of K-12 and 1-12 schools in rural Saskatchewan, consisted of 11 demographic questions, the Least Preferred Coworker Instrument (LPC), the Administrative Stress Index (ASI) (frequency), the ASI (intensity), and a Coping Mechanisms section that asked respondents to rank the three methods they used most frequently for coping with stress. A Pearson's r correlation matrix was used to compare leadership style as measured by the LPC with the total frequency of administrative stress and its four sources. T-tests were run on the coping methods used by high LPC and low LPC principals. The study found no relationship between leadership style chosen (as measured by the LPC) and sources, frequency, or intensity of administrative stress experienced (as measured by ASI instruments), nor between most frequent methods of coping and the other variables. (Author/TE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saskatchewan School Trustees Association, Regina. Research Centre.
Identifiers - Location: Canada