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ERIC Number: ED566244
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 112
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3037-3283-6
Exploring the Motivations of Aspiring Education Leaders in a Leadership Development Community
DeVillers, Kristal L.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, California Lutheran University
California is facing a critical need for trained school leaders in the coming years. As current leaders retire, schools could be faced with teachers stepping out of the classroom and into the increasingly demanding job of the principalship with little or no preparation. With few leadership development opportunities available in entry-level administrative positions, new ways to develop aspiring leaders must be considered. This study focused on the perceptions of aspiring leaders regarding their motivation to lead and what effect membership in a leadership development community had on that motivation. The qualitative case study involved interviews and surveys of seven aspiring school leaders, one principal, and one superintendent. The purpose of the study was to explore the effectiveness of a district leadership cohort model in building leadership capacity in teachers to support administrator succession planning. This could occur through preparing qualified candidates for vacancies, motivating teachers to take on leadership roles, and providing opportunities for growth. The findings showed the aspiring leaders felt motivated when they were identified as potential leaders and mentored. Additionally, aspiring leaders' desire to influence others was an important factor in their motivation to lead. Implications from this research may impact administrative preparation programs and recruitment, development, and support of aspiring leaders. Suggestions for future research in motivation to lead and mentoring are provided. [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: California