Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award

2-2021

Department

Educational Leadership

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Antonina Lukenchuk

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Scott Self

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Deardra Hayes Whigham

Abstract

Introverted leaders are instrumental in building relationships and teams, setting benchmarks and pursuing academic goals, and planning and strategizing the implementation of performance initiatives. This qualitative case study illustrated how educational leadership has been previously isolated to extraverts and clarifies the need for introverted leadership. The purpose of this study was to explore ways in which high school leaders identify themselves as introverts and demonstrate the strengths of introverted leadership within the parameters of their professional roles. This study followed three introverted administrators at a suburban Texas secondary campus. Participants were observed in their professional settings: in meetings, correspondence, duty assignments, and in the physical design of their office spaces. Semistructured interviews were conducted and, after coding, revealed three themes: introversion through the participant’s lens; introverted leadership unraveled; and personal imprints of introverted leadership. One of the major findings of this study was that viewing introverted leadership as a strength, rather than a treatable illness, alters the perspective and allows for the consideration that school leadership may now require more than one leadership personality. The contributions of introverted leaders can be seen in specific circumstances or areas of leadership potential that have not always been effectively utilized. This study filled important gaps in existing research and scholarship in terms of understanding the value of introverted leadership for school administrators while also providing more opportunities for career choices and leadership prospects to introverted leaders.

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