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ERIC Number: ED564992
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 181
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3036-6561-5
The Impact of University Religious Affiliation on Presidential Leadership Practices
Savior, Richard David
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Fordham University
Colleges and universities in the United States face a set of significant and progressive challenges requiring exemplary senior leadership. The purpose of this study was to measure and analyze the senior leadership practices at private/secular and private/religious affiliated colleges and universities to identify differences in leadership practices as they relate to the personal and institutional demographics of the respondents to improve organizational effectiveness. The study focused on five predictive variables of exemplary leadership: behaviors that clarify values and set an example for others, behaviors that envision the future for an organization and that are able to enlist others to shared or common aspirations, behaviors that seek opportunities for change, innovation and growth, behaviors that foster collaboration and sharing of power, and behaviors that recognize the contributions of others through rewards. The findings for this quantitative research project were derived from a survey distributed to 200 university presidents. The study found that while institutional affiliation had little bearing on the specific leadership practices, sense of job satisfaction and efficacy of the respondents, those respondents from religious institutions reported a higher commitment to institutional mission and values. Experience as president was highly correlated to job satisfaction and effectiveness, which suggests that time in the job matters. Additionally, gender differences were found for specific leadership practices; there were, however, some limitations in the measures of job satisfaction, efficacy, and commitment to institutional mission and values. [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: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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