The Leadership Teachers Want from Principals – Transformational

  • Cal Hauserman Athabasca University
  • Sheldon L Stick University of Nebraska-Lincoln


The data shared in this paper is part a preliminary study.  A more detailed and robust analysis of data will be conducted later.  From a randomly generated sample of 135 public schools in the Province of Alberta, Canada 77 agreed to participate in a study on leadership attributes of principals.  Ten randomly selected teachers from each participating school were asked to complete the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ) (Bass & Avolio, 1995; 1997; 2000) for their respective principals.  Based on the MLQ results principals were stratified into categories as having high or low levels of transformational leadership qualities.  Ten teachers were then selected for in depth interviews.  For one of the qualitative components teachers from ten schools were selected of in-depth interviews.  Five of the teachers worked with principals that were characterized as highly transformational and five worked with teachers that were characterized as low in transformational leadership attributes (one subsequently withdrew from the study).  The data interpretation allowed for stating that teachers strongly preferred principal behaviors that aligned with selected aspects of transformational leadership.

Author Biographies

Cal Hauserman, Athabasca University

Principal George Davison School

Medicine Hat, Alberta Canada T1B 3L5

Graduate Instructor Athabasca University


Sheldon L Stick, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Department of Educational Administration

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0360


How to Cite
Hauserman, C., & Stick, S. L. (2014). The Leadership Teachers Want from Principals – Transformational. Canadian Journal of Education/Revue Canadienne De l’éducation, 36(3), 184-203. Retrieved from