The purpose of this qualitative exploratory multi-site case study was to explore how principals perceived the influence of role models in the development of ethical leadership behaviors in principals in a school district in Maryland and to elaborate on teachers and staff description of the ethical leadership behaviors modeled by principals. Research directed the need to know how principals perceived the influence of role models in the development of ethical leadership behaviors in principals, as well as teachers and staff description of the ethical leadership behaviors modeled by principals. The sample consisted of four principals and seventeen teachers from four Title 1 middle schools in a school district in Maryland. The data collection instruments used were the in-depth interview on principals and teachers; open-ended questionnaire, and focus group discussions with teachers. The qualitative exploratory multi-site case study was used to explore the research questions, and the data were analyzed, and coded using the MAXQDA software into themes and sub-themes. The findings from this study confirmed that principals’ ethical leadership behaviors were acquired from childhood through adulthood and career life. Ethical leadership behaviors modeled by principals included behaviors like supportiveness, integrity, honesty, fairness, respectfulness, utilizing rewards, open communication, accountability, trustworthiness, cooperativeness, committed to high professional standards, motivational, and modeling expectations. The findings showed some variations in the principals’ demonstration of ethical leadership behaviors as some of the principals were considered to be more ethical than others.
|Advisor:||Knowles, Evelyn, Lees, Nancy|
|Commitee:||Adams-thies, Brian, Duplissis, Mark, Maul, June|
|School:||Grand Canyon University|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 77/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Ethics, Educational leadership|
|Keywords:||Ethical leadership, Ethical leadership behaviors, Principal role models, Principals observation, Role models, Teachers' observation|
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