ERIC Number: ED282315
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Assessing Leadership Qualities of School Principals Employing Responses to Case Studies.
Krysinski, Patricia R.; And Others
Because administrative theory as presently developed does not allow administrative action to be accurately assessed, measuring participant responses to case study problems employing a predetermined, closed set of responses has questionable validity. This study tries to develop an alternative methodology and to test the resulting instrument in an appropriate setting. The study focuses on one class of educational administrators (principals) and assesses participant responses in terms of implied leadership style. For the purpose of developing an instrument, leadership is defined as the use of authority and power in social control. Authority and power relationships are further analyzed and grouped into several modes, with accompanying diagrams. From these modes an instrument called the Principal Leadership Profile was developed over which graphically displayed individual profiles can be imposed. Leadership profiles of both experienced and novice principals show a tendency to favor leadership approaches based primarily on charismatic and traditional authority; the use of legal authority is considerably less. The paper discusses several other profile characteristics (including male and female responses) indicating instrument validity. Included are 19 figures and 12 references. (MLH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).