The purpose of this quantitative correlational study was to determine the strength of correlation between the perceived presence of servant leadership and elementary principal job satisfaction in Ohio public school districts. Principals are leaving the administrative profession before retirement at distressing rates. Further research is needed to identify approaches that would increase principal job satisfaction rates. Positive relationships have been found between servant leadership and job satisfaction (Anderson, 2005; Drury, 2005; Girard, 2000; Hebert, 2004; Laub, 1999; Miears, 2005; Rude, 2006; Stramba, 2003; Strickland, 2006; Thompson, 2004; VanTassell, 2007). However, servant leadership and job satisfaction research has been very limited in public school settings (Girard, 2000; Miears, 2005; Rude, 2006). Therefore, this study was intended to answer the research questions: (a) To what extent do public school districts in Ohio implement the principles of servant leadership, and (b) to what extent does the level of servant leadership revealed in Ohio public school districts correlate with Ohio elementary principals’ level of job satisfaction? Laub’s (1999) Organizational Leadership Assessment – Educational Version was used to survey 25 superintendents, 38 elementary principals, and 475 elementary teachers. A systematic random sample was conducted in Ohio public schools. Participation rates were as follows: % superintendents, % elementary principals, and % elementary teachers. A significant positive correlation of r = .889, p < .01 (two-tailed) was found between the perceived level of servant leadership present in Ohio public schools and the perceived level of elementary principal job satisfaction. The significant positive correlation revealed in this study indicated the higher level of servant leadership perceived in Ohio public schools, the higher the level of perceived elementary principal job satisfaction. Based on the strong positive correlation revealed in this study, servant leadership appears to be an approach worth further exploration to counter the exodus of principals leaving the field of educational administration.
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