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Doctor of Education (EdD)



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The purpose of this study was to determine what were the relationships, if any, that existed between the most common personality types of selected elementary school principals, as measured by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and the most effective leadership styles as measured by the Leader Effectiveness and Adaptability Description (LEAD), a measure of leadership effectiveness. The focus was to determine whether these two instruments possessed sufficient discriminative powers to effect a distinction between effective and ineffective administrators prior to their appointment as administrators; The findings are summarized as follows: (1) The difference between the scores that was used to deterine temperament and effectiveness was significant. Forty five percent of the subjects prefering the Sensing/Thinking Type regardless of the leadership effectiveness when compared to general norms. (2) The difference between the scores for the different personality characteristics of significant in the Perception and Judgement characteristics regardless of their overall leadership style. (3) The difference between the scores for determining personality types of effective or ineffective administrators was significant. The principals selected Sensing/Thinking/Judgement and Intuitive/Thinking/Judgement Type, indicating that seventy percent are Thinking/Judging Type. (4) The difference between the scores for determining the dominant processes was not significantly different from the general norms established by Myers-Briggs sampling. In essence the proportion of principals selecting between extravert and introvert was not greater or less than expected. (5) The difference between the scores for determining the relationship between the personality type scores, and the scores usesd to determine effectiveness was not significant. Indicating that one can be effective in a leadership position regardless of personality type.


Effective; Leadership; Personality; Relationship; Styles; Types

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School management and organization

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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