Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Uldis Smidchens

Second Advisor

Dr. Barbara Gothard

Third Advisor

Dr. David Cowden


The purpose of this research was to determine the perceived importance of factors which comprised the major components of a leadership training program developed exclusively for female community college managerial aspirants. The study was undertaken to determine if any differences existed among six components, perceived by the participants as contributing to their career development. Comparisons were also made to ascertain if a difference existed in the importance of each of the components between those who have advanced in their careers since participating in the leadership program and those who have not advanced.

Data were collected from 251 (82%) female participants of the leadership program, "Leaders for the 80s," for the academic years of 1981-82, 1982-83 and 1983-84. Among the six components of (1) self-esteem, (2) knowledge of community college issues, (3) knowledge of management and leadership concepts, (4) mentoring, (5) networking, and (6) a special work project, the participants held differentiated views. Differences in importance were found between 12 of 15 pairs of components. However, self-esteem and knowledge of management and leadership concepts were found to be the most important components. The women reporting advancements in their careers also perceived that self-esteem and knowledge of management and leadership concepts were more important to their career development.

As a growing segment of the workforce, aspiring female managers need to integrate and gain acceptance into the traditional organizational domains of men. To aid in achieving this objective, managerial and career development programs will continue to be offered in a variety of ways. The results of this study contain important information for planners of future programs. By knowing the extent to which factors contained in such programs influence the participants, better determinations can be made about content and where time and subject matter should be concentrated and emphasized.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access