The purpose of this study was to define and understand organizational leadership skills in residential childcare institutions in Indiana. Using the skills approach to organizational leadership study as a theoretical foundation, the literature suggested that the importance of certain skills may change based on organizational context and position within the organization. Leaders of residential childcare institutions that are member agencies of the Indiana Association of Residential Child Care Agencies (IARCCA) were invited to participate in the research. The study employed a mixed-method approach consisting of a web-based survey followed by semi-structured interviews. The survey instrument that was used was the O*NET Skills Rating Questionnaire, developed by the U.S. Department of Labor. The results of the survey suggested that organizational leaders in residential childcare organizations ranked cognitive skills to be the most important skill category. Strategic skills were found to be the least important skill category and business skills and interpersonal skills were ranked equally. Following the survey, eight leaders were interviewed in an attempt to understand why the identified skills were important for leadership in residential childcare organizations.
|Advisor:||Johnson, R. Boyd|
|Commitee:||Daugherty, Doug, Gerig, Mark|
|School:||Indiana Wesleyan University|
|School Location:||United States -- Indiana|
|Source:||DAI-B 73/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Management, Occupational psychology, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Cognitive skills, Organizational leadership, Residential childcare, Skills rating questionnaire, Strategic skills|
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