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ERIC Number: ED516987
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 189
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-6700-1
Executive Coaching among Female Public School Superintendents and Its Relationship to Stress and Self-Fulfillment
Wyatt, Jennifer C.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Union University
Despite the increase of research on female superintendents, there continues to be a gap in the literature that examines executive coaching among female public school superintendents and its relationship to stress and self-fulfillment, which are dynamic factors in the executive workplace. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of executive coaching on perceived stress levels and self-fulfillment among public school superintendents. For the purposes of this study, existing data from the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Mid-Decade Study (Glass & Franceschini, 2007) were analyzed. The participants for this study were 284 female and 1,037 male superintendents who participated in the State of the Superintendency Study (Glass & Franceschini, 2007). Results indicated a significant predictive relationship between self-fulfillment and years of experience as superintendent and self-fulfillment and age range for female public school superintendents. In addition, there was a significant predictive relationship between self-fulfillment and prior mentoring, self-fulfillment and educational level obtained, and self-fulfillment level and age range for male public school superintendents. When assessing the perceived stress levels of female public school superintendents, a significant main effect of marital status was found. There was also a significant main effect of coaching for the self-fulfillment levels among female public school superintendents and a significant main effect of ethnicity among male public school superintendents. Implications for results demonstrate that as both male and female superintendents age, their level of self-fulfillment is predicted to increase, despite years of experience. It is recommended that executive coaching programs be made available to all superintendents, regardless of age. Additionally, female superintendents who have had a prior mentor are predicted to have a high level of self-fulfillment. This finding implies that mentoring has longitudinal effects. The descriptive statistics from this study indicate that a limited number of male and female superintendents have participated in executive coaching, formal mentoring, or informal mentoring despite the expansive participation of corporate America in executive coaching and formal mentoring efforts. There continues to be a need to expand upon what is currently a limited body of literature exploring the theory and practice of executive coaching. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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