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Correlations Between Religious Practices, Leadership Style, and Stress Management of Superintendents
by Wilson, Susan E., Ed.D., Aurora University, 2020, 305; 28156447
Abstract (Summary)

Public school superintendents face stressors from wide-ranging pressures and would benefit greatly from improved understanding of ways to manage stress and effective ways to lead schools in stressful times. This quantitative study used the theoretical framework of transformational leadership to investigate whether the presence or absence of faith practices resulted in better stress management and affected leadership style for superintendents, and whether the presence or absence of faith practices correlated with other demographic factors. No significant overall association was observed between religious practice and leadership scores. Statistically significant interactions with degree of religious practice were observed for years in current position and type of school district. No statistically significant associations were observed between degree of religious practice and degree of stress management for overall scores or for combinations of demographic characteristics. This study generally supported findings from related research which showed that many superintendents engage in religious practices; however, little evidence supported the efficacy of those practices on stress management. More research is needed to better identify which, if any, stress management strategies are of value for superintendents, and what leadership styles will best support organizational effectiveness and student learning.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Heybach, Jessica
Commitee: Wilson, Craig , Barshinger, Jack
School: Aurora University
Department: Leadership in Educational Administration
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 82/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Spirituality, Mental health
Keywords: Executive job demands, Leadership, Stress management, Superintendent, Transformational leadership
Publication Number: 28156447
ISBN: 9798557055475
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