The purpose of this quantitative correlational study was to determine whether a relationship exists between school leader charismatic leadership and teacher moral disengagement. Charismatic leadership in this study is defined as a combined scoring of the transformational dimensions of idealized influence and inspirational motivation. This purpose also served as the primary research question for study, with follow up questions regarding if relationship existed between school leader behaviors linked to idealized influence and inspirational motivation and teacher moral disengagement. The study sample consisted of 92 participants from the target population of high school level teachers in Phoenix, Arizona. Data were submitted to multiple regression, and analyzed, to answer the three research questions. Results showed no statistically significant relationship between the combined measures and charismatic leadership (R = .113, p = .586), or the correlations between the charismatic leadership predictor variables of idealized influence (r = −.115, p = .274), and inspirational motivation (r = −.082, p = .440) and the criterion variable of moral disengagement. Post hoc power analysis demonstrated that achieved power to be idealized influence = .19, and inspirational motivation = .12 implying an increased opportunity for a Type II error. This finding creates an ambiguity to this research as the results failed to reject the null hypotheses. These could be false negative findings. The significance of the study lies in it found support for the idea that the charisma-based dimensions of transformational leadership are ethically neutral and supports that there may be a mediating variable.
|Commitee:||Traüffer, Hazel, Dietzman, Amy|
|School:||Grand Canyon University|
|Department:||College of Doctoral Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Ethics, Organizational behavior|
|Keywords:||Charismatic leadership, Education, Ethics, Moral disengagement, Principal, Transformational Leadership|
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