Degree Name

EdD (Doctor of Education)


Educational Leadership

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Donn Gresso

Committee Members

Russell West, Charles Burkett, Robert McElrath, Cecil Blankenship


The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a difference in visionary leadership between and among elementary school principals and managers of manufacturing corporations in Northeast Tennessee. A second purpose was to ascertain if there was a relationship between visionary leadership and organizational climate. Data from this study were collected from 26 elementary schools and 24 manufacturing corporations. The research participants completed two questionnaires: Leader Behavior Questionnaire-Visionary Leadership, 3rd. Edition and Managerial Mirror: A Climate Inventory. There were 410 of 480, or 85% of the questionnaires that were returned from the elementary schools. The manufacturing corporations had 111 of 113, or 98% of the employees to return the questionnaires. Twelve null hypotheses were formulated to determine if there were significant relationships among principals'/managers' self-rating and their employees' rating of visionary leadership and organizational climate. The data were analyzed to assess the relationships of visionary leadership and organizational climate between elementary schools and manufacturing corporations. The findings revealed that elementary school principals and business managers were closely aligned in their self-ratings of visionary leadership and organizational climate. Individuals in both schools and businesses who scored high on visionary leadership had correspondingly high scores on organizational climate. The conclusions from the study indicated a need for collaboration and scholarly dialogue between educational and business executives to foster the advancement of visionary leadership.

Document Type

Dissertation - unrestricted


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