Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A change for the future: Presidents and deans real and ideal leadership practices at community and junior colleges in Mississippi
by Stevenson, Mildred, Ph.D., Mississippi State University, 2008, 154; 3331452
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of the study is to examine real vs. ideal leadership practices of administrators according to race, gender, age, experience, and education level, years in current position, and years of experience at Mississippi community and junior colleges. The survey instruments were a modified version of the Leadership Practices Inventory-Self (LPI Self) and the Leadership Practices Inventory-Observer (LPI-Observer) originally developed by Kouzes and Posner in 1985 and updated by Kouzes and Posner in 1997. The reliability and validity of the instruments have been consistently high and the instruments have been used in many studies, including doctoral dissertations and other empirical research.

The study included 37 presidents and deans and 98 observers. The study examined if these leaders participate in Kouzes and Posner's five leadership practices, Challenging the Process, Enabling Others to Act, Encouraging the Heart, Modeling the Way, and Inspiring a Shared Vision. A multivariate or univariate were used to test the leadership practices, as well as a Pearson Product Moment Correlation. Results concluded there was a significant difference in leadership practice, Inspiring a Shared Vision and ethnicity. On the other hand, no significant differences were found among the remaining leadership practices nor there was no significant difference among leadership practices and gender. The study concluded that a relationship did exist between leadership practices and leaders' years in current position. Furthermore, the study also concluded the rank of leaders' perception of real and ideal leadership practices differed from those of their observers' perception of real and ideal leadership practices. Implications and recommendations for future research are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Davis, James E.
Commitee: Adams, Joe T., Mathews, Jerry, Wiseman, William M.
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Instructional Systems, Leadership, and Workforce Development
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: DAI-A 69/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Educational administration
Keywords: College presidents, Community colleges, Deans, Junior colleges, Leadership, Leadership practices, Mississippi, Presidents
Publication Number: 3331452
ISBN: 978-0-549-89500-8
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