Perceptions of leadership behavior of off-campus administrators in community colleges
Gilbert, Larry Don
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The recent increase in the number of administrators in community colleges who are serving off-campus centers and programs has provided little time to develop a knowledge base about their leadership behaviors. The purpose of this study was to determine perceptions of leadership behaviors of off-campus administrators. To accomplish this task, perceptions of the administrative roles were measured by the Leader Behavior Description Questionnaire (LBDQ) as perceived by the off-campus administrators themselves and their supervisors. A second purpose of this study was to compare the perceived (real) and expected (ideal) leadership behaviors of the off-campus administrators. Two dimensions of leadership behavior were studied: Consideration (people-oriented behaviors) and Initiating Structure (task-oriented behaviors). Demographic and socioeconomic data, such as age, gender, years of experience as off-campus administrator, number of students involved in extended rograms, educational level, total years experience in higher education administration, number of people being supervised, size of city, as well as salary were examined to develop profiles of the off-campus administrators and their supervisors.