ERIC Number: ED401645
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Leadership Platforms: Perspectives and Prospects.
Norris, Cynthia J.; And Others
What leaders encourage others to do must be congruent with the values they espouse and demonstrate through action. The educational leadership platform has recently been used as a tool to assist aspiring leaders in clarifying their personal values. This paper presents findings of a study that explored the effect of the educational leadership platform on leadership behavior. The study examined the leadership theories developed by four practicing administrators. It compared their current leadership views to those that they developed as teachers enrolled in an administrator-preparation program, and analyzed their espoused theories in relation to subordinates' perceptions of their leadership behavior. All four participants shared values for developing real-world experiences, recognizing their social responsibility, promoting shared learning, valuing personal development, and initiating change and creativity. These values are compatible with Alderfer's motivation theory and with Maslow's human-needs theory. Although the administrators held somewhat different views of their leadership role and espoused slightly different values, they remained true to their earlier views. The findings suggest that there is value in clarifying one's values through such activities as platform development. Recommendations for the use of platforms are included. Eight tables, a sample analysis sheet, and sample interview formats are included. (Contains 10 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration (10th, Louisville, KY, October 25-27, 1996).