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dc.contributor.advisorRoberts, Patricken_US
dc.contributor.authorDrake, James J.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2019-12-03T21:17:43Z
dc.date.available2019-12-03T21:17:43Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.urihttps://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/21327
dc.descriptionCommittee members: Hawk, Bradley; Pluim, Carolyn; Tonks, Stephen.en_US
dc.descriptionAdvisor: Roberts, Patrick.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.description.abstractOver the past twenty years, shootings and other violent incidents, acts of terrorism such as the attacks of September 11, 2001, and natural disaster events such as hurricanes or floods have occurred with increasing frequency. Situations like these pose significant challenges for school administrators when a normally-peaceful educational environment is quickly transformed by significant acts of aggression from within, or by external threats that impact the educational domain with little or no advance warning. Contingency-based, situational leadership has proven to be effective when used in both educational and non-educational settings during normal, non-emergency periods. The purpose of this study is to determine if a contingency-based leadership style can also be effective during school-related emergency situations and crisis events. The leadership methods and actions of school presidents and school district superintendents were studied in the context of leading their school(s) or school district before, during, and after emergencies or times of crisis. Information concerning the leadership style preferences and perceived valuation of identified leadership components was obtained through written surveys, and oral interviews during which school administrators described their leadership philosophy and actions during a major emergency or crisis event. The results obtained show that each chief administrator made extensive use of contingency-based, situational leadership principles while working with subordinates to devise and implement a coordinated emergency or crisis event response. The primary leadership concept that allowed administrators to carry out a successful crisis event response was delegation of authority. Effective delegation of authority was supported by five major themes: Communication, Competence, Credibility, Decision-Making, and Planning. These themes allowed subordinates to utilize and implement guidance contained within comprehensive written crisis response documents; coordinating efficiently with school and school district staff, students, outside response agencies, and each other; both during and after the crisis event.en_US
dc.format.extent255 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherNorthern Illinois Universityen_US
dc.rightsNIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.en_US
dc.subject.lcshBehaviorism (Psychology)en_US
dc.subject.lcshEducational leadershipen_US
dc.subject.lcshManagementen_US
dc.subject.lcshSchool management and organizationen_US
dc.titleIt's a dangerous world in there : leadership methods and actions of school administrators during emergency situations and times of crisisen_US
dc.type.genreDissertation/Thesisen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
dc.contributor.departmentLeadership, Educational Psychology and Foundationsen_US
dc.description.degreeEd.D. (Doctor of Education)en_US


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