Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Presidential transformational leadership practices: Analysis of self-perceptions and observers at community colleges in Oklahoma
by Grafton, Kemit S., D.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2009, 134; 3357441
Abstract (Summary)

The quantitative cross-sectional survey study involved an examination of participating Oklahoma community college presidents’ perceptions of their transformational leadership styles. A comparison ensued between the participants’ perceptions and the perceptions of the presidents’ transformational leadership styles observed by faculty and staff using the Kouzes and Posner (2007) Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI). The purpose of the study was to determine if a difference existed between the presidents’ perceptions of their leadership practices and the perceptions of the presidents’ leadership practices by faculty and staff. Descriptive statistics of the participating faculty and staff members showed similar perceptions of the presidents’ abilities in the leadership practices in all five leadership styles and were at the high end of the LPI rating scale. When compared with the Kouzes and Posner (2003b) database of the people who have taken this version of the LPI, the presidents’ self-scores were in the moderate to high percentile, and the faculty and staff observed scores were in the moderate percentile. The inferential statistics of the five paired t tests for both the faculty and the staff showed no statistically significant difference with the presidents; therefore, the null hypotheses were not rejected. The study results showed that the presidents have an understanding of all of the transformational leadership practices set forth by Kouzes and Posner (2007). The strongest finding was that the faculty and staff’s perceptions were not statistically different from the presidents’ perceptions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Griffin, Thomas
Commitee:
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 70/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Community college education, Management, School administration
Keywords: Community college leadership, Community colleges, Higher education leadership, Kouzes and Posner, Leadership, Leadership Practices Inventory, Oklahoma Community College, Transformational leadership
Publication Number: 3357441
ISBN: 9781109148442
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