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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Leadership


The purpose of this study was to investigate time commitment and job satisfaction of principals before and after an executive coaching workshop. Principals on average work 50-70 hours per week and the demands being placed on principals is ever increasing. The result has been fewer qualified individuals applying for principal positions across the country and the burnout of those who are in the position.

Data were collected from K-12 principals by surveying those who attended one of four workshops titled, “How to Work Less, Play More, and Still Get the Job Done in a Normal School Week: Assuming Your Proper Role as ‘Executive’ in Today’s Education Environment.” The workshops were presented in four locations: St. Paul, Minnesota, August 15 & 16, 2005; Fergus Falls, Minnesota, August 18 & 19, 2005; Monrovia, California, August 22 & 23, 2005; and Pittsfield, Massachusetts, August 25 & 26, 2005. Approximately twelve weeks after the workshop a second survey was sent to each participant asking the same questions on time commitment to administrative tasks and overall job satisfaction and what, if any, change occurred.

Based on the data collected the following results are suggested: Time commitments to administrative tasks performed were reduced following the attendance at the workshop and principals were able to increase their time in classrooms. Principals reported that as a result of doing less clerical work and being able to spend more time with students and staff, their overall job satisfaction increased. Principals also reported an increase in the amount of energy they had left at the end of the average workweek, and the amount of time devoted to family, friends, and personal hobbies increased.