Degree Name

EdD (Doctor of Education)


Educational Leadership

Date of Award

December 1993


This was a two-phase study designed to identify intuitive principals and then to determine if there were common elements of their decision making. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator was used to identify intuitive principals, and then a sampling of these principals were interviewed. The results showed that the principals with the highest preference scores for intuition differed from the principals with lower preference scores in that they came from supportive environments, were more conscious of using and developing their intuition, drew from experience but combined that with a future orientation, and were more comfortable with risk-taking and change. Recommendations included the suggestion that inservice and preparation programs should include the identification of intuitive thinkers and an environment conducive to the development of intuition.

Document Type

Dissertation - unrestricted