An investigation of Jim Collins's Good to Great and applications for rural school districts and their leaders
The difference between Level 5 Leaders (Collins, 2001) of rural school districts and other effective/competent leaders of rural school districts were examined in this study. The case study compared Level 5 Superintendents and other effective/competent Superintendents in terms of budget management, academic performance, recruitment and retention of teachers, and their district core values. Level 5 Superintendents in this study did not show any significant effect on district budget balances or base teacher salary when compared to the other leaders. The Level 5 Superintendents' school districts did have a greater positive effect on their district's academic performance in scores on their Missouri Annual Performance Report when compared to the other leaders. In addition, Level 5 Superintendents have more success in recruiting and retaining teaching staff and an increased awareness of district core values within their teaching staff.
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