Higher Education Managers/Executives/Administrators
The purpose of this study was to develop a profile of an effective
counseling center director.
Participants in this study consisted of counseling center
directors, their immediate supervisors and their direct subordinates. Counseling
center directors from five Public Master's Colleges and Universities I in the
Midwest were selected were participate. Directors completed the Leadership
Practices Inventory and their staff completed the LPI-Observer (N=20). These
results were then compared to effective leadership behaviors and characteristics
determined through a Q-sort procedure and semi-structured interviews.
Enabling was the leadership practice most frequently engaged
in, followed by Encouraging, Modeling, Challenging and Inspiring. This order
was relatively the same as perceived by observers. Self scores were systematically
higher than those from observers.