Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Leadership Traits of Superintendents in a Rural, Midwest State: Perceptions of School Board Presidents and Superintendents
by Person, Erik, Ed.D., University of South Dakota, 2019, 134; 27667499
Abstract (Summary)

Perhaps no relationship is as crucial for practicing superintendents as the relationship with their school board presidents. This study examined which leadership traits were most important for superintendents to possess according to superintendents and school board presidents in a rural state in the Midwest. A pilot study, with experienced superintendents and school board presidents informed the researcher’s selection of eight important leadership traits for superintendents. A researcher-developed survey was utilized to determine how important each of the eight traits were to superintendents and to school board presidents on a Likert scale, as well as how both groups ranked the eight traits. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze the data, and a two-way multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) was utilized to measure the interaction between the independent variables, role (superintendent or school board president) and school district enrollment, and the dependent variables (rankings of the eight traits). Both superintendents and school board presidents found trustworthiness and communication competence to be the most important traits, and intelligence to be the least important of the eight traits in this study. The traits in the middle varied in importance depending upon which group was ranking them and on the size of the school districts.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: DeJong, David
Commitee: Robinson, Derrick, Chesnut, Steven, Messick, Dianna
School: University of South Dakota
Department: Educational Administration
School Location: United States -- South Dakota
Source: DAI-A 82/6(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational administration, Educational evaluation, Educational leadership
Keywords: Board relations, School board president, Superintendent, Leadership traits, Midwestern United States, School districts
Publication Number: 27667499
ISBN: 9798698591191
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