ERIC Number: ED359008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
A Comparative Analysis of Women Superintendents in Rural and Urban Settings.
Wesson, Linda Hampton; Grady, Marilyn L.
This paper reports on the leadership qualities of rural and urban women superintendents. Telephone interviews with 51 randomly selected female superintendents in 29 states examined perceived sources of job satisfaction, the benefits accrued on the job, sense of self-fulfillment in the workplace, and personal strengths. The most frequent responses in relation to job satisfaction were making a difference, initiating change, providing direction, meeting children's needs, having control, and working with people. The most frequently mentioned benefits associated with being a superintendent were working with people, achieving a career goal, opportunity for growth, gaining skills, enjoying the job, enjoying a variety of work, and enjoying financial benefits. Two-thirds of respondents associated a great deal of self-fulfillment with being a superintendent. When asked to identify their strengths as superintendents, respondents noted skills in working with people, communication, and having a vision. Respondents indicated that when they were hired, their school boards had been seeking someone who could introduce and manage change or who could provide structure, stability, and organization to the district. The results indicate that the leadership characteristics of urban and rural women superintendents are similar, and that these leadership characteristics fit a new leadership paradigm stressing collaboration and consensus building. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Creating the Quality School (2nd, Oklahoma City, OK, March 25-27, 1993).