ERIC Number: ED316295
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb-16
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Relationship between Community College Presidents' Leadership Styles and Faculty Job Satisfaction.
McKee, Jane Gallimore
In 1987, a study was conducted to determine faculty perceptions of the leadership styles of community college presidents in West Virginia and Virginia, measure faculty job satisfaction, and explore any correlation between perceived leadership styles and faculty job satisfaction. A random sample of 321 faculty members was selected from 3 West Virginia community colleges and 23 Virginia community colleges. The sample population received a demographic questionnaire and instruments for measuring faculty perception of leadership style and faculty job satisfaction. Study findings, based on a 60% response rate, included the following: (1) 56% of the respondents were male, 54% taught academic subjects, 46% taught vocational subjects, 68% held a master's degree, 38% had over 15 years experience at the same college, and 66% worked on the same campus as the college president; (2) 41% rated their presidents high in terms of Task (i.e., the ability to tell when, where, what, and how to do something) and in terms of Relationship (i.e., providing socio-emotional support and recognition, and facilitating behaviors); (3) 19% viewed their presidents as High Task/Low Relationship, 18% rated their presidents as Low Relationship/Low Task, and 13% perceived their presidents to be High Relationship/Low Task leaders; and (4) high ratings on intrinsic job satisfaction factors (i.e., self-esteem, development opportunities, achievement, and job expectations) and extrinsic job satisfaction factors (i.e., respect and fair treatment, informed in job, amount of supervision, and opportunity for participation) were positively correlated with High Relationship/Low Task and High Task/High Relationship leadership styles. (WBT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Clearwater Beach, FL, February 14-17, 1990).