Sandy Renehan

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Saban, Joseph M.

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations


Elementary school principals--Job satisfaction--Illinois--DuPage County; Elementary school principals--Job satisfaction--Illinois--Will County; Elementary school principals--Job satisfaction--Illinois--Lake County; Elementary school principals--Job satisfaction--Illinois--Kane County


This dissertation examines the relationship between leadership style and happiness for elementary school principals. The sample included 162 of the 558 elementary school principals contacted from four counties in Illinois: DuPage, Will, Lake, and Kane counties. Two variables were considered: leadership style and happiness. The leadership style was examined through the use of the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ), and happiness was measured by using the Psychap PHI. The sample of 162 respondents was 70% female; 51% were aged between 51 and 60; 25% had 10 to 20 years of experience; 55% were public school administrators; 35% had 200 to 400 students in their school; and 27% of the schools had 26 to 40 staff members. The research found a relationship between transformational leadership and happiness as well as servant leadership and happiness. Further, demographic factors of gender, age, experience of the principal, type of school (public vs. private), number of students in the school, and the number of staff in the school were examined. There was a relationship between the demographics of school type and leadership style as well as the demographics of staff size and happiness. These results offer insight to universities as they prepare principals for leadership as well as superintendents as they consider candidates for the principalship.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [101]-104).


xiii, 144 pages, map




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