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ERIC Number: ED263664
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Leadership Style and Principal Communication: A Preliminary Investigation.
Forsyth, Patrick B.; Boshart, Donna
The need for further research was indicated by the results of a limited exploration of the concept that principal's communications with teachers mediate between the principal's leadership styles and the effectiveness of the organizations they head. Twenty-seven Kansas elementary principals of schools with student populations between 215 and 315 were asked to complete Fiedler's Least Perferred Co-worker scale to determine their leadership styles. Three principals were selected from each of the style groups identified: those who were relationship-oriented, those who were task-oriented, and those dominated by neither orientation. These principals then completed the Norton Communicator Style Measure. The teachers serving under the principals completed the Communication Satisfaction Survey. Tape recordings were made of the principals' oral communications with teachers. The relationship-oriented principals saw themselves as relaxed, open, and easy-going, but their teachers were dissatisfied and they communicated least of the three groups. The principals without dominant orientation communicated most frequently, particularly concerning issues of control, but teachers were not very satisfied. Task/oriented principals focused on instructions and on personal talk and left teachers more satisfied. The results suggested that leadership style is manifested in observable behavior, but were not intended to be conclusive. (PGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kansas