This research study examined the principals of Louisiana's combination schools (k-12) with the greatest increase in school performance over a three-year period. The purpose was to determine how the leadership beliefs and practices of Louisiana's academically improving combination school principals compared to Laub's servant-leadership organizational model's six characteristics. Furthermore, the study examined the manner in which servant-leadership is manifested in the professional practice of these successful principals. The qualitative method of narrative inquiry was employed, allowing participants to self-express the stories of their leadership. The most prevalent servant-leadership characteristics were valuing people, building community, displaying authenticity, and providing leadership while the least prevalent characteristics were developing people and sharing leadership. Additionally, the themes of caring relationships, familial environments, leadership through tragedy, local vestment, accepting the responsibility of leadership, being real, questing to improve, allocating resources, passionate leadership, and administrative teamwork were discovered as common to each principal.knowing someone needed help from her school, she then smiled and asked, aquot;Do you want some of my cantaloupe? ... Once I was situated, I took advantage of his absence and began analyzing the interior decorations of his office, looking intoanbsp;...
|Title||:||Louisiana's Successful Combination School Principals: A Narrative Inquiry of Professional Beliefs and Practices Through a Servant-leadership Lens|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2007|