School of Education


Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)


Kristy Ann Motte


Descriptive Case Study, Leadership Development Plan, Leadership Preparedness, Qualitative Case Study, Transformational Leadership


Education | Educational Leadership


The purpose of this case study was to describe the ways the development leadership plan impacts leadership preparedness for teachers in the Lead Teachers program at Owl Elementary School. The departure of experienced employees potentially impacts an organization negatively and impedes the fulfillment of the leadership positions. A leadership development plan will be generally defined for this study as a systematic and continuous effort to support institutional stability by identifying and developing the appropriate employees to fill the key positions at the suitable time. The transformational leadership theory by Kouzes and Posner framed this case study because it was based on the relationships between the leader and followers with a focus on inspiring, enabling, modeling, challenging, and encouraging. This study followed Creswell’s linear data analysis model to utilize ten individual interviews, observations, and historical document analysis to describe the impact on leadership preparedness. Three themes emerged from the analysis: participation is voluntary, leadership development is valued, and leadership opportunities are important. Findings indicated that having Lead Teachers did not create a formalized leadership development plan that ensured current educators are prepared to lead.