Desired leadership attributes of Georgia technical college presidents
Cannon, Donald Glen
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The purpose of this descriptive study was to identify leadership attributes desirable of a technical college president in Georgia as perceived by the current technical colleges’ presidents, vice presidents, and local boards of director members. Data were collected using the Leadership Attributes Inventory (LAI) survey instrument. The study was designed to determine a ranked listing of desired leadership attributes, and to determine if the ranking of these leadership attributes were independent of the demographics of gender, college size, and position held. Descriptive statistics were utilized to summarize the demographic data collected. The one- way analysis of variance, t-tests, and post hoc testing were used to examine data related to the independent variables of gender, college size, and position held. The overall ranking of the thirty-seven leadership attributes resulted in all attributes being rated at least Somewhat Descriptive of desired leadership attribute of a technical college president. However, the attributes rating highest in the Very Descriptive category were visionary, decision making, delegating, networking, ethical, and committed to the common good. The lowest rated attributes were tolerant of frustration, managing conflict, information management, courageous, and tolerant of ambiguity. The highest rated attributes were reflective of characteristics not related to managerial responsibilities, but more traditional higher-level intellectual skills. Ten leadership attributes were identified as having statistically significant different responses based on gender. These were adaptable, open to change, visionary, confident accepting of self, personal integrity, intelligent with practical judgment, ethical, motivating others, networking, planning, and appropriate use of leadership style. These differences were reflective of attributes related to social and behavioral characteristics, and further research is recommended to study these differences. Three leadership attributes were identified as having statistically different responses based on college size. These were enthusiastic optimistic, tolerant of frustration, and team building. Statistically significant differences based on position held were found in the five leadership attributes of energetic with stamina, initiating, confident accepting of self, organizing, and time management.