Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Charles C. Warfield

Second Advisor

Dr. Van Cooley

Third Advisor

Dr. David Greene


Strategic planning is a process that has been used in the business world since the 1960s as a tool to build employee trust through the development of a shared vision and goals. Public education and other government agencies began to use the strategic planning process in the mid 1970s (Herman, 1994).

The study used data collected by a K-12 school district, two years into the strategic planning process. This study sought to determine if the trust level of administrators would be impacted by the level of participation in the strategic planning process. Trust level was defined by self rating by administering the Kouzes and Posner Leadership Practices Inventory (1997). Items used to measure the ratings included Challenging the Process, Inspiring a Shared Vision, Enabling Others to Act, Modeling the Way, and Encouraging the Heart. The .05 alpha level of significance was used and the findings of the study revealed. There was no significant difference between the trust levels of administrators who participated in the strategic planning process at a high involvement level and the administrators who participated at a moderate/limited involvement level.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access