ERIC Number: EJ1135783
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Studying Leadership within Successful Rural Communities in a Southeastern State: A Qualitative Analysis
Ricketts, Kristina G.
Journal of Leadership Education, v7 n3 p230-245 Win 2009
Many rural communities are experiencing a diversity of issues, but what part does leadership play in these communities? This qualitative study describes the environment within two communities in the southeast focusing on community variables of psychological sense of community, community leadership, and social capital. Leaders were identified and a qualitative data analysis identified several themes within these variables. Leaders strongly felt "sense of community" was in the surrounding county and a strong moral compass was provided by schools and churches. Leaders showed a sense of service to their community stressing the importance of involvement in the community. Local community groups provide the greatest opportunity for community action. Finally, they relied strongly on relationships as the backbone to the community. Effective community leaders are important in developing important relationships, establishing communication, and providing the community with direction. Further research should be done with an emphasis on change and development.
Descriptors: Student Leadership, Rural Areas, Qualitative Research, Sense of Community, Social Capital, Data Analysis, Moral Values, School Role, Church Role, Community Involvement, Community Action, Community Leaders, Helping Relationship, Leadership Styles, Altruism, Leadership Responsibility, Leadership Role, Role Models, Interviews
Association of Leadership Educators. e-mail: Jole@aged.tamu.edu; Web site: http://leadershipeducators.org/page-1014283
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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