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This study was designed to examine the relationship between the self-perceived educational philosophy profile of public community college presidents and their self-perceived leadership styles. The population consisted of 209 community college presidents identified by mailing labels from the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges who were serving in public institutions in the United States listed in the AACJC Membership Directory 1993. A proportional, stratified, random sample was conducted of 209 presidents. A cover letter, demographic survey, the Leadership Behavior Description Questionnaire-Self, and Philosophical Instrument were mailed to each subject. Overall, 111 of the presidents responded. Of these, 105 were usable. The data were analyzed using the Statistical Analysis System (SAS). The data failed to establish any significant difference between the self-perceived philosophy profile of community college Presidents in relation to consideration leadership style. A significant relationship was found between the philiosophies of Neo-Thomism and realism in relation to the initiation of structure leadership style. The following conclusions were drawn from the findings: (1) There is no significant relationship between the philosophies of idealism, realism, Neo-Thomism, pragmatism, existentialism, and consideration leadership style. (2) There is a significant relationship between the philosophies of realism, Neo-Thomism, and initiation of structure leadership style.