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ERIC Number: ED386798
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Aug
Pages: 63
Abstractor: N/A
A Comparative Study of the Administrative and Leadership Styles of Corporate Presidents and School Superintendents As Chief Executive Officers (CEOs).
Tracy, Guy R.
This paper compares the managerial, administrative, and leadership styles of public-school superintendents and presidents of public corporations. Data were derived from questionnaires mailed to eight superintendents and seven corporate presidents. Findings show that superintendents and corporate presidents used similar leadership styles--consultative and democratic. Most used a task-oriented approach and saw themselves as initiators, rather than as responders. However, superintendents are subject to more pressure from community interest groups and may need to be more flexible. Superintendents and corporate presidents can learn from each other about human relations, employee motivation, and empowerment. Both groups relied on a managerial cabinet to help make decisions. Finally, most superintendents and presidents disagreed that their leadership styles were interchangeable, citing the differences in the organizations they represent (i.e., education versus goods and services). It is recommended that superintendents: (1) identify the leadership styles appropriate to their organizations, but maintain flexibility; (2) continue to rely on subordinate input and use a team orientation; (3) utilize their instructional leadership role; and (4) inform the community of district concerns. Appendices contain a copy of the questionnaire and cover letter, and organizational charts for a public school and a public corporation. (Contains 21 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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