Higher Education Managers/Executives/Administrators
The purpose of this action research project was to extend the range
of study of variables affecting the leadership practices of employees at Franciscan
University of Steubenville.
This project used a non-probability, convenience sample of
10 participating employees and 30 of their direct reports, coworkers and manager
at Franciscan University, who worked at the institution during Spring 1999.
Respondents were exposed to three ninety-minute sessions of the Seven Habits
curriculum (Covey), and the LPI Self and Observer was used as a pre and post-test
measure of the impact of this leadership development experience (over six weeks).
The LPI-Self scores increased from the pre to post-test
administrations for every LPI leadership practice, and for every person in the
sample with one exception (who deceased on two leadership practices). The LPIObserver
results generally increased over the two administrations, but not as
consistently or dramatically as the self reports. Inspiring a Shared Vision had the
highest median increase on the Self reports and the highest mean and median
increases on the Observer reports, while Enabling Others to Act had the smallest
mean and median increases (self and observers).