Term of Award

Fall 2008

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Education Administration (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Department

Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Linda M. Arthur

Committee Member 1

Paul M. Brinson

Committee Member 2

Nicholas L. Henry

Abstract

This descriptive quantitative study identifies self-described leadership attributes of college or university presidents in the University System of Georgia and technical college presidents in the Technical College System of Georgia. Additionally, this study identifies commonalities in leadership attributes between both groups. Data for this study was collected using the Leadership Attributes Inventory (LAI) survey instrument that was disseminated to all 68 presidents at the public institutions of higher education in the State of Georgia. Forty survey recipients completed and returned the survey, yielding a 59% response rate. In order to analyze the data and draw conclusions, statistical tests of central tendency were employed and their standard deviation calculated. To determine statistical significance at the .05 level, an analysis of variance using institution type and institution size was conducted. Overlap in the top 25% of the 37 tested leadership attributes was identified in seven areas: committed to the common good, ethical, visionary, personal integrity, energetic with stamina, accountable and dependable-reliable. Only one leadership attribute, coaching, was determined to have a statistically significant difference based upon institutional size rather than type.

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