John BarlowFollow




School of Education


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Lisa Reason


Christian School Job, Satisfaction, Leadership Person-Organization Fit, Principal


Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Educational Administration and Supervision | Educational Leadership | Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration


Many studies have been conducted on principal leadership and employee perceptions in the corporate and public sector. However, there are gaps in the research regarding the relationship between the perception of principal leadership practices and one dimension of person-organization fit, job satisfaction, in the specific demographic of teachers in the Southeast Region of the Association of Christian Schools International. This study was conducted to begin the process of understanding this phenomenon. Kouzes and Posner’s (2012) five practice of exemplary leadership and the theoretical framework of person-organization fit supported the development of this study (Kristof-Brown & Guay, 2011). Teachers from the population of accredited Christian schools in the Southeast Region of the Association of Christian Schools International completed Likert-style surveys using the Leadership Practices Inventory (Observer) and Job Satisfaction Survey. A multiple linear regression was conducted to test the hypotheses concerning the relationship between teacher perceptions of leadership practices and job satisfaction. The results demonstrated a relationship between the combination of the five leadership practices, the specific Enable Others to Act practice and teacher job satisfaction. Further research would include similar studies that examine leadership practices and other dimensions of person-organization fit utilizing quantitative and qualitative research designs. The implication of this study provides a basis for Christian schools to implement training and mentoring programs for school leaders with a focus on the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership to intentionally lead with a Biblical worldview.