Secondary Education Principals/Superintendents
To explore how Puerto Rican school principals perceive their role as a
leader and how they think their cultural background impacts their leadership style.
Sample consisted of four Puerto Rican school principals; two were
elementary school principals in Pennsylvania and one elementary and one secondary
school principal in Puerto Rico. There were a series of three in-depth interviews with the
principals, along with participant observation. The Personal Best Questionnaire (PBQ)
was also completed by the participants. An independent expert in Puerto Rico, who has
worked in administrative positions with Hispanic populations in the U.S. educational
system for more than 20 years, evaluated the PBQ and concluded: "....is an excellent tool
to evaluate anyone's accomplishments in the field of administration. I did not see many
problem applying this to a Hispanic population since their experiences should not be any
different from any one else. I believe the only difference is in the way in which you as an
individual would approach your career."
The Puerto Rican principals who work in U.S. schools are aware of
the cultural differences between themselves and their staff and how it affects their
leadership style, especially their focus on people and their cultural tendency to express
their feelings. This perception was not true for the two principals in Puerto Rico.
Dissertation contains four well-documented personal best leadership case studies.
A copy of the PBQ in Spanish is also available in the appendix.