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From the day I graduated with my bachelor's degree from Northern Iowa, I knew that I would soon return to begin work on my master's degree. Having grown up in a family of educators, there was no doubt that this degree would continue in the educational field. Because I appreciate initiative, change, and challenge, it seemed natural that I take the path of administration. In order to be :an effective principal, one must possess many1specific attributes. In each leadership position these qualities may be different and for each leader the definition may differ. Although positions and definitions may fluctuate, one area is consistent for all: a leader guides, influences, and offers advice and sound decision making. Abraham Lincoln believed that "your organization will take on the personality of its top leader" (Phillips, 1992, p. 64). Therefore; to effectively guide, leaders must direct, and offer; they must adhere to their values, possess certain traits, and have a developed set of core beliefs that are demonstrated at all times.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education

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Victoria Robinson


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