International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Leadership in Higher Education
Alberta Thrash

The role of academic deans is critical to the success of higher education academic institutions. This study illustrates the leadership approach of Ohio’s academic deans. This quantitative study researched and analyzed whether differences exists between the leadership styles of academic deans and the independent variables of age, number of faculty supervised, and the number of years of experience.. Blake and Mouton’s Managerial Grid was utilized for this study. Blake and Mouton theory is based on five predominate leadership styles: Data for this study was gathered using a researcher designed instrument along with the Styles of Leadership Survey to gather information about the academic deans. The surveys were administered through U.S. mail to the deans’ office address. ANOVA methodology was used to analyze the data. It appears from the results of this study that no significant independent differences exist among the leadership styles and the independent variables.

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