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This study was designed to examine the relationship between the self-perceived preferred brain hemispheric processing of West Virginia public school principals and their self-perceived leadership styles. Seventy-five respondents completed the Herrmann Brain Dominance Profile, the Leader Behavior Description Questionnaire, and a demographics sheet. Data were analyzed using the General Linear Model of the Statistical Analysis Systems (SAS). Chi Square analyses at the 0.05 alpha level were used to test two directional hypotheses that guided this study. Both hypotheses were confirmed. Public school principals in West Virginia who perceived themselves as preferring mental processes that are predominantly left brain hemispheric perceived themselves to be initiating structure leadership style. Public school principals in West Virginia who perceived themselves as preferring mental processes that are predominantly right brain hemispheric perceived themselves to be consideration leadership style. Fifty-six principals had preferences for left hemispheric processing, 16 principals had preferences for right hemispheric processing, and three principals preferred neither left nor right hemispheric processing and were considered to be integrated. Of the 56 left hemispheric principals, 47 were males and nine were females. Of the 16 principals who preferred right hemispheric processing, five were males and 11 were females. Significant differences were found between principals' preferred hemispheric processing modes and their predominant leadership styles. Additionally, significant differences were found between male and female principals' hemispheric preferences.
Kean, Barbara McSwain, "The relationship between school principals' self-perceived brain hemispheric processing modes and their self-perceived leadership styles." (1989). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 9159.