School of Education
Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)
grit, mindset, servant leadership, school administrators, principal, assistant principal, public school
Education | Educational Leadership
Lyons, Dawn E., "The Predictive Relationship between Grit, Servant Leadership, and Growth Mindset in Public School Administrators" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3949.
Research on grit, growth mindset, and servant leadership theories has found that implementing these theories in school settings can positively impact student achievement. However, a study has not been conducted investigating the combined effects of the three theories. The purpose of this study was to examine the predictive linear relationship of grit (criterion variable), growth mindset (predictor variable), and servant leadership (predictor variable) with school administrators. This study used a quantitative prediction design utilizing the self-report measures of the Grit-S Scale, the Growth Mindset Scale, and the SL-7. Thirty-four principals, 25 assistant principals, and nine elementary interns in a school district in Utah participated in the study for a total of 68 participants. Results from a multiple regression analysis suggested a statistically significant predictive relationship between the variables. Future research recommendations included replicating this study with participants from multiple school districts, using the longer versions of the instruments, and investigating using the mixed-method design with leaders who are self-reported gritty, growth-minded, servant leaders.