Global Advanced Research Journal of Educational Research and Reviews (GARJERR) ISSN: 2315-5132

June 2014, 3(3): pp. 057-064

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Leadership Styles Employed by Presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States of America

1Brandon K. Dumas, 2Chanika Jones, 3Victior Mbarika, 4Jarrett Landor and 4Geoffrey M. Kituyi

1Office of the Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, Southern University Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813-9723, U.S.A.

2International Center for Information Technology and Development, College of Business, P.O. Box 9723, Southern University Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813-9723, U.S.A.

3International Center for Information Technology and Development, College of Business, P.O. Box 9723, Southern University Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813-9723, U.S.A.

4International Center for Information Technology and Development, College of Business, P.O. Box 9723, Southern University Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813-9723, U.S.A.

Corresponding author Email: kimayoka@gmail.com

Accepted 29 May, 2014

Abstract

Presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States of America face several challenges as a result of leadership styles and decision-making. This has greatly hampered the quality of graduates coming out of these colleges due to poor facilitation and service delivery. This study investigates the leadership styles employed by presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and presents some important insights for future academic discourse. A qualitative research design was adopted. Several steps were taken to ensure trustworthiness and integrity of the research process and materials. A total of 17 presidents were involved in the study through interviews. Data were analyzed using content analysis method. Several leadership theories were used to ground the study on theory. Findings indicated that each participant manifested a combination of the characteristics represented by these theories with different aspects of leadership emerging in response to specific challenges and contexts.  Further, some responses indicate that college presidents applied more than one theory in their leadership activities depending on the situation.

Keywords: Leadership styles, leadership theories, college presidents, Historically Black Colleges and Universities

 

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