Degree Name

EdD (Doctor of Education)


Educational Leadership

Date of Award

May 1987


The problem of this study was to determine whether a relationship exists between situational leadership effectiveness of administrators in hospitals and principals in high schools in a selected geographical area. The data-gathering instruments were the Leader Effectiveness & Adaptability Description (LEAD-Self) and a one-page demographic sheet. The LEAD-Self provides a measurement of situational leadership style and leadership effectiveness based upon responses to 12 administrative decisions. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data gathered, with the Eta and Pearson's product-moment being the correlation studies used. Six research questions were explored, dealing with the relationship between the effectiveness score and the following variables: age, number of employees reporting directly to the administrator, educational level of respondents, number of hours of monthly inservice or continuing education related to administration, years of administrative experience, and job position (hospital administrator or high school principal). The descriptive analysis of the study warranted the following conclusions: (1) The Pearson's correlational studies revealed little or no relationship between effectiveness and respondents' age, number of employees reporting directly, monthly inservice/continuing education, and years of administrative experience. (2) The Eta correlational studies revealed little to no relationship between effectiveness and respondents' position or educational level.

Document Type

Dissertation - unrestricted