Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Executive Leadership

First Supervisor

Jerry Willis

Second Supervisor

Michael Muffs


Higher education institutions are confronted with, and impacted by critical national and global issues. Economic uncertainties and fiscal failures, increasing demands for tighter checks and balances, and widespread corruption of those in positions of leadership are just a few of these issues. Leadership has a direct impact on how effectively and ethically organizations fulfill their mission, meet their goals, and realize anticipated outcomes. This is particularly true today in the complex and fast-changing context of higher education in the 21st century. This study focused on higher education leadership using quantum and authentic leadership theories as the theoretic foundation. Mixed methods methodology was used to for this study. Surveys and interviews examined and explored authentic leadership characteristics and behaviors reported by college faculty, staff, and administrators. The findings revealed that there was no tendency for administrators, and the faculty and staff who report to them, to rate themselves higher on ALQ factors. Communication, self-awareness, openness, and trust were important leadership qualities valued by all members. Critical to the development of future leaders, faculty and staff noted the desire for and access to training and professional development.

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