Leadership Practices of Minnesota Superintendents That Foster a Culture of Innovation among their District Principals


Summer 7-26-2015



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Kimberly Hartung

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Judy Nagel

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Jana-Hennen Barr


Extensive research has shown that the climate for innovation in organizations is directly attributable to specific leadership practices. This study sets out to identify how innovation can be cultivated in educational settings to impact the learning in schools; hence my research focuses on leadership practices of superintendents that foster a culture of innovation among district principals. Primarily, what are the Kouzes and Posner leadership practices most commonly used by Minnesota superintendents who inspire principals to foster a culture of innovation in schools? In answering the research question, this study employs both quantitative and qualitative research methods by analyzing the data collected from four Minnesota superintendents and the 3-4 principals who work with each of these superintendents for at least three years. This research both confirms the effectiveness of certain leadership practices that inspire principals to be more innovative, as well as to pave the way for future studies.


Leadership, Innovation

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