Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Effects of Transformational Leadership on Postsecondary Leaders' Work-Life Balance: A Quantitative Correlational Study
by Griffith-Echito, Jessica Lynn, Ed.D., Northcentral University, 2019, 144; 13806895
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between administrator use of a leadership style (transformational, transactional, or laissez-faire) and work-life balance for postsecondary administrators. The problem addressed was that while transformational leadership has been shown to increase follower job satisfaction, decrease employee turnover, encourage followers to reach their potential, and motivate followers to do more than required, it could negatively affect the leader’s work-life balance. Thus, as the study and implementation of transformational leadership in higher education continue, failure to address this problem may result in increased reports of administrator fatigue and unsatisfactory work-life balance. Determining the effects of administrator use of transformational leadership on administrators’ work-life balance can provide new insights into the application of transformational leadership in higher education, while also helping leaders build their repertoire of effective leadership techniques. The research chosen was a quantitative correlational study on the relationship between leader use of transformational leadership and work-life balance for postsecondary administrators. For this quantitative study, administrators completed the self-evaluation version of the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ)-5x short adapted to fit a higher educational setting and the Work-Life Balance Measure (WLBM). Following the self-evaluations, the two surveys were reviewed to identify if a correlation existed between the use of transformational leadership and an unhealthy work-life balance, controlling for gender, marital status, and dependents. The study used survey data from 125 postsecondary administrators to determine the relationship between administrator use of a leadership style and work-life balance. The research question null hypothesis (leadership style predicting work-life balance) was rejected. Therefore, it is recommended that the topic be explored further to assess the degree to which follower work-life balance can be predicted based on leader use of the full range of leadership.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Shaw, Melanie
Commitee: Wellner, Laurie
School: Northcentral University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 77/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Educational leadership
Keywords: Higher education, Laissez-faire leadership, Postsecondary, Transactional leadership, Transformational leadership, Work-life balance
Publication Number: 13806895
ISBN: 978-0-438-97075-5
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