The Role of Spirituality in Leadership




Hindman, Janet

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A critical question within the field of education exists that has long been considered taboo and even unworthy of serious conversations among educational scholars. Exacerbated by the recent onslaught of a world-wide pandemic that has truly changed the face of teaching, teacher education, and educational leadership, perhaps now is the appropriate time to explore the question: What role, if any, does spirituality play in the leadership practices of educators? The objective of this proposal is to encourage conversations and studies grounded in a novel Interactive Qualitative Analysis (IQA) research study design (Bargate, 2014) conducted with school leaders about their spiritual practices (Richardson, J. and Hindman, J. T., 2021). The IRB approved research study sought to define the characteristics of spiritual leadership in schools, and the role spiritual practices play in the influence of the behavior of others. Findings of the study revealed participants' unique points of view about spiritual leadership as practicing educators in the field. This proposal distinguishes itself by shifting the focus from what educators do to who they are as leaders through an examination of spirituality as a leadership practice. For the purpose of this proposal with various connotations often interconnected with religion, the concept of spirituality will transcend denominational doctrine and practice. Key words: teaching, teacher education, educational leadership, spirituality, spiritual leadership, leadership practice


Interactive Qualitative Analysis (IQA) research study design (Bargate, 2014).


2022 Faculty Research Poster Session and Research Fair, West Texas A&M University, Department of Education, Poster, Educational leadership, Teacher education, Spiritual leadership


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