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A Transformational Model of Visionary Leadership

Loughead, Michael Rea (2009) A Transformational Model of Visionary Leadership. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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A TRANSFORMATIONAL MODEL OF VISIONARY LEADERSHIPMichael R. Loughead B.A., M.S Ed.University of Pittsburgh 2009The study examines the previously unforeseen demand for visionary leadership in education created by the simultaneous requirement for academically proficient students to be able to navigate the reality of globalization nested in a newfound conceptual age. Globalization driven by new technologies has ushered in a new conceptual age that requires students to compete on the global stage. Students in this country are competing with the best and brightest from around the world not just with their peers. Furthermore, the new conceptual age that is upon us favors students who are creative, empathetic, artistic, innovative and holistic thinkers. .This is a rich, descriptive, narrative, qualitative study that examines the journey of regional school superintendents. Participants were selected due to their qualifications and experience following a careful protocol. Methods of data collection included semi structured interviews and a personal journal. Data was transcribed and organized into major and minor themes. A personal journal was kept for the purpose of adding reflective thoughts to the study.This research has uncovered a curious pattern indicating visionary superintendents in Western Pennsylvania already possess the types of skills and abilities that we now are expecting our students to acquire to navigate the conceptual age. Another intriguing finding of the study was the evidence that the Western Pennsylvania region serves to create irrepressible visionary leaders. This finding is somewhat surprising as the region is typically thought of as somewhat parochial and not as innovative as other regions of the state and country. The study results which compare the present findings with previous research revealed tangible support for two specific models of visionary leadership found in the literature.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Loughead, Michael
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairWallace, Richard
Committee MemberTravato, Charlene
Committee MemberManley, James
Committee MemberLongo, Jerry
Committee MemberWerlinich, Joeseph
Committee MemberBickel, William
Date: 4 September 2009
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 16 June 2009
Approval Date: 4 September 2009
Submission Date: 22 July 2009
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: 21st Century Leadership; Regional Leadership Factors; Superintendent Leadrership
Other ID:, etd-07222009-172154
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:52
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:46


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