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ERIC Number: ED520838
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 151
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1240-6660-8
So You Think You Are a Leader--Does the Superintendent Agree? A Study of the Principalship
McArdle-Rausenberger, Amy L.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The purpose of this study was to identify leadership skills desired in effective principals as valued by public school superintendents. The population of this study was superintendents in the Mid-Hudson Valley region of New York (N=121). The study employed quantitative data analysis procedures. Superintendents were asked to respond to 30 items on the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) developed by Kouzes and Posner (1997). The LPI focused on the five practices of exemplary leaders: "Modeling the Way, Inspiring A Shared Vision, Challenging the Process, Encouraging Others to Act", and "Enabling the Heart". A questionnaire on demographic data was also used to gather additional information such as gender, education level, age, years of experience in education, years of experience as a superintendent, years of experience as a principal, and size of their current school district. A response rate of 74 percent was obtained. Data analysis included t tests, analysis of variance procedures, and correlation statistics. Results of the data analysis indicated that the overall demographic characteristics and scores on the Leadership Practices Inventory were found to be unrelated with a few exceptions. For gender, five out of thirty statements were statistically significant between male and female superintendents. There were no mean differences between education level and leadership skills as identified by superintendents. Age had little association with how superintendents characterized leadership skills of exemplary leaders with the exception of "Modeling the Way". It was determined that as years of experience in education increased so did the scores for "Encouraging the Heart" and "Modeling the Way". There was no correlation for years of experience as a superintendent or years of experience as a principal and the five leadership practices of exemplary leaders. Finally, there was no significant correlation between the size of the school district and the practices of exemplary leaders. There was a trend level correlation for size of district and "Encouraging the Heart". The key findings of this research enhances current leadership literature, influence the practice of current principals, impact what is being taught in administrative preparation programs, and assist principal candidates in identifying if they possess the skills that superintendents desire. [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
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York