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ERIC Number: ED533661
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 106
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1248-7758-7
Superintendents as Introspective Leaders
Forest, Mathew Glenn
ProQuest LLC, D.A. Dissertation, Franklin Pierce University
This study explores the development of introspective skills among superintendents of schools. "Introspection," for the purpose of this study, is defined as an in-depth self-analysis of one's behaviors that may enhance or hinder one's ability to lead as a superintendent. How superintendents perceive their own behaviors, strengths, and weaknesses, and how they compensate for those weaknesses, can play a crucial role in their effectiveness as systems leaders. This study provides valuable insight into how educational leaders perceive the development of their introspective skills, providing a step in the direction of establishing leadership training that develops those skills. Using grounded theory, eleven currently seated New England superintendents were interviewed. This study focuses of the following questions: (1) How are introspective skills developed among school superintendents? (2) Is there a perceived relationship among superintendents, between the use of introspective skills and their job effectiveness? Participants in this study revealed that, aspiring to a perfected practice, strong mentors, and becoming a parent were key factors in the development of their introspective skills. All participants in this study reported being able to recognize strengths and weaknesses is a crucial skill in becoming a superintendent. [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: Adult Education
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Language: English
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