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Doctor of Education in Leadership (Ed.D.)

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Karen Westberg, Thomas Fish, Eleni Roulis


This qualitative, collective case study investigated the effective leadership practices of successful superintendents associated with growth and improvement in operations and student learning in Christian schools who are members of Christian Schools International. The purpose of this study was to describe and understand these effective leadership practices. Eight participants shared their practices and experiences as superintendents of Christian schools through interviews and questionnaires. The study revealed seven themes of effective leadership practices: faith in God and his calling to leadership; focus on mission, vision, and strategic planning; engaging in relationships; superintendent leadership with the board and administration team; gifted, educated, and passionate about leadership; pursue growth and excellence in and for the school; and practice effective leadership skills – habits, tasks, and practices. These themes are rooted in several theories which explained each of the themes: Covey’s (2004a, 2004b) eight habits of effective people, Greenleaf’s (2002) servant leadership, and the theory of transformational leadership. These superintendents shared their effective leadership practices from their training, their experiences, and God’s calling to lead in Christian schools in order to serve Him with their gifts.


superintendents, Christian schools, leadership, Covey, Greenleaf, servant, transformational, habits, effective practices, Christian Schools International

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