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ERIC Number: ED522189
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 135
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1243-6548-0
The Relationship between Perceived Leadership Practices and Employee Commitment in One Michigan Public School District
Berck, Cindy J.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Northcentral University
Public school administrators face many challenges in the education profession including declining student enrollment, budget reductions, and employee layoffs. These challenges often lead to organizational change. Facing these challenges requires the need for effective school administrators with the skills to manage organizational change in a way conducive to maintaining employee commitment. Public school employee commitment may be related to the perceived leadership practices of school administrators. The purpose of this quantitative study was to examine the relationship between perceived leadership practices of school administrators and employee commitment in a large Michigan public school district. The study was nonexperimental, correlational, and cross-sectional in design. Participants included 93 instructional and noninstructional employees from schools housing grade levels from kindergarten through Grade 12. Participants completed an online survey consisting of demographic questions, the Leadership Practices Inventory, and the Organizational Commitment Questionnaire. Bivariate correlations were computed to evaluate the relationship between leadership practices of school administrators and employee commitment. Relationships with employee commitment were significant for the leadership practices of "modeling the way," r (81) = 0.59, p less than 0.001; "inspiring a shared vision," r (82) = 0.55, p less than 0.001; "challenging the process," r (83) = 0.58, p less than 0.001; "enabling others to act," r (87) = 0.60, p less than 0.001; and "encouraging the heart," r (83) = 0.60, p less than 0.001. Future research is recommended to determine if findings will be replicated in school districts of other sizes and locations. Findings will help school district leaders recruit and retain school administrators needed to maintain employee commitment during periods of organizational change. [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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Identifiers - Location: Michigan
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Leadership Practices Inventory