Profiles in excellence : leadership styles of female principals in high schools of excellence

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Patricia B. Harris (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Charles M. Achilles

Abstract: There is little research available on the successful female high school principal. This study initiates a combination of cognitive and preference patterns and leadership styles research of successful female high school principals in schools of excellence in the Southern region of the United States (schools in states of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools area of accreditation) on an exploratory level. This study is a descriptive comparison of nine female secondary school principals using a quasi-experimental design combining ex post facto, descriptive data with case studies. Data are obtained through questionnaires, surveys, and interviews, and the administering of the Leader Effectiveness and Adaptability Description Self and Other Evaluations (LEAD Self and Other), the Herrmann Brain Dominance Survey . and the Leader Behavior Description Questionnaire (LBDQ). Statistical procedures that are used to investigate relationships and differences in the data include Chi Square analyses, scattergrams, Pearson r correlations, Spearman rho, z scores and T scores. The dominant primary style of leadership for these principals is participating according to the LEAD. From the Brain Dominance Survey it is found that seven, or 78 per cent of these principals are holistic or whole brain (like chief executive officers in large corporations).

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Language: English
Date: 1991
Women school principals $z Southern States
Women in education $z Southern States

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