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Title: From coercive to spiritual: what style of leadership is prevalent in k–12 public schools?
Authors: Bonner, Charles E. III
Keywords: Education;Ethnicity--Philosophy;Leadership--Philosophy
Issue Date: 9-May-2007
Abstract: Current educational leadership literature indicates the need for spiritual leadership to create the schools needed for the future; however there are few rigorous quantitative studies on this subject. By way of a survey, developed using the theories of McGregor, Maslow, Kolhberg and Fowler, this study attempts to differentiate between three specific leadership styles: Theory X (coercive), Theory Y (Humanistic) and Theory Z (Spiritual) in an effort to contribute to the growing discussion on spiritual leadership in public education. The different types of leadership lead to different educational outcomes. Traditional forms of leadership lead to maintaining the status quo without reform being achieved. Spiritual leadership seeks to qualitatively change the structure of education. In an effort to discover the possibility of actual reform, this study discovered whether current leaders possess the leadership orientation, assumptions and attitudes the literature describes as necessary for reform to take place. This study asks four research questions: How prevalent are the leadership types X, Y, and Z among public school principals? What is the relationship between leadership types and worldview assumptions? What is the relationship between leadership types and spirituality? What is the relationship between leadership types and political/educational attitude? The goal of the study is to contribute to the literature on educational leadership, particularly to the clarification and understanding of the often misunderstood notion of spiritual leadership.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/1516
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