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Society has changed, schools have changed, students have changed, how about principals? Are superintendents looking for qualities in a principal that keep up with the times or are they looking for the same basic personal qualities they looked for in 1956? Much has been written of the changing roles of today's administrators. There is also some theoretical evidence that indicates a correlation between personality and leadership ability. There is much evidence that personal qualities are a definite factor in administrative selection criterion. What, then, are the specific personal qualities superintendents deem desirable for an elementary principal to possess today? How do those qualities compare with the qualities documented in William Robert Hall's 1956 study in which superintendents of four states were surveyed on their opinion of the qualities that an elementary principal should possess.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of School Administration and Personnel Services

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Norman McCumsey


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