Date of Award

Fall 2010

Degree Type


Degree Name

EdD Education Leadership, Management and Policy


Education Leadership, Management and Policy


Daniel Gutmore, Ph.D

Committee Member

Elaine Walker, Ph.D

Committee Member

Geraldine Sullivan Keck, Ed.D

Committee Member

Allyn Leeds, Ed.D


micropolitics, power, politics, agenda setting, decision making, bargaining


Schools, like most contemporary organizations, are complex places, and there is an extensive body of evidence that outlines the skills that school leaders must possess to effectively operate schools. Effective school leadership is essential, and not only for the safe and orderly operations of school. Recent evidence indicates that a positive relationship exists between principal effectiveness and student achievement.

The complexity of schools is due in part to the fact that schools are immersed in politics. This case sought to explore how principals acquire and develop the micropolitical skills required for their position from the onset of the principalship.