Secondary Education Principals/Superintendents
The purpose of this research project was to identify the best practices of principal leadership and gain an understanding of its effects on school success.
The population sample included the principal of a Christian school in an urban area. She, along
with teachers, staff and other administration were interviewed and surveys given to each member
of the teacher, staff, administration and board of directors. They completed the Leadership
Practices Inventory and Five Domain Survey (Powell, 2004).
The author notes: “The school study highlighted the principal’s leadership practices and
behaviors as they relate to the school’s effectiveness. Kouzes and Posner’s Leadership Practices
Inventory exposed her leadership characteristics early into the interpreting of the data. In the five
domains: Modeling the Way, Inspiring a Shared Vision, Challenging the Process, Enabling
Others to Act, and Encouraging the Heart, the principal’s strengths were evident throughout the
study” (p. 140).