ERIC Number: ED291730
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov-13
Reference Count: 0
Personality Strengths that Influence Teachers Pursuit of Leadership Roles: A Comparative Bi/Polar Study.
Collins, Peggy Hooten; Toppins, Anne Davis
This study examined personality differences between teachers who performed additional leadership tasks and teachers who, though equally qualified and eligible for such tasks, chose not to apply for leadership roles. Subjects of the study were 60 teachers in the leader's group and 80 in the non-leaders group. The Bi/Polar Inventory of Core Strengths, a self-rated inventory scale of pairs of opposite nouns or adjectives, was administered to the subjects, and a Demography Data form was also completed. The Bi/Polar items were designed to indicate personality strengths related to thinking, risking, practical thinking, theoretical thinking, dependent risking, and independent risking. Lead strengths were determined and one of eight core patterns was specified as the individual's core pattern. Demographic data collected related to age, sex, years of experience, highest degree held, and teaching position. Lead strength and dominance was found in some categories, but based upon procedures and instruments used, no significant difference was found between leaders and non-leaders. Motivation for pursuit of leadership roles was not linked to a particular personality core strength. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Mobile, AL, November 11-13, 1987).