The role of affective characteristics in the effective leadership of elementary school principals

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Pamela R. Pelc (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site:
Dale L. Brubaker

Abstract: The purpose of this research was to explore the role affective characteristics play in the effective leadership of elementary school principals. The themes of effective leadership, the effective principal, and affective characteristics (feelings and emotions) with emphasis on the male-female dichotomy were reviewed. A conceptual framework placing the three themes in a context to aid fuller understanding was developed. Qualitative methodology utilizing observations and unstructured interviews was the research paradigm followed in the study. Portraits were drawn of three elementary school principals whose students scored in the top 25$ of those in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools on the California Achievement Test, whose schools were among the 25% most requested by parents for student transfers, and who were recommended by Central Office administrators because they had consistently received very positive evaluations. An analysis of the portraits showed that although affective characteristics were not displayed identically by all three effective principals, they did play an important role in the leadership of each.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 1987
Elementary school principals $v Case studies
School principals $v Case studies

Email this document to