Secondary Education Principals/Superintendents
This study examined the relationship between school climate and the
leadership style of female public school principals, and considered if any differences
were due to ethnicity.
Participants were female public school principals in southern New
Mexico. Eighteen principals (78%) and 298 of their teachers (46%) participated in the
study. Seven of the principals were Hispanic. Respondents completed the LPI and the
Organizational Climate Description Questionnaire (Halpin & Croft, 1962). Principals
were considered "transformative" if there LPI scores were all above the 70th percentile
Principals in this study did not rate themselves as more
transformative than did their teachers. Hispanic principals were not found to use a
transformative leadership style more than other leadership styles, nor does their
leadership style differ from that of non-Hispanic female principals. A statistically
significant relationship was found between leadership styles and organizational climate
for supportive principal behavior and intimate teacher behavior but not for directive or
restrictive principal behavior nor for collegial or disengaged teacher behavior.