School of Education


Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)


Rebecca Lunde


Gender, Leadership, Schools


Education | Educational Administration and Supervision


The purpose of this causal-comparative study was to analyze data from one eastern North Carolina school district and examine the influence of gender on leadership style to determine if one’s gender influences leadership style. Data was collected using the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ-5). Participants who were involved in this research were school-based administrators from a school district in the eastern part of the United States who were serving in an administrative role within the school district. The data was compiled by Jeffrey A. Dufour while utilizing the MLQ-5 survey that was administered via an online format and was sent to the participants. MindGarden Inc. provided the structural layout for the survey that included questions and grading scale. The survey itself was created in SurveyMonkey in an online format. At the completion of the required timeline, the researcher received the finished survey data from the respondents. After the survey window was closed, the data was collected by the researcher. The researcher then used the most recent release of the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) which is a highly utilized statistics software program designed by IBM to determine the relationship between gender and leadership style within the administrative leaders of the district.