Leadership Style of Administrator According to J. Seyfarth, there are four types of leadership styles: directive, supportive, participative, and achievement-oriented leadership (Seyfarth, 1996). These styles vary from one another, but all may be visible within a school environment. During a recent interview with an elementary school principal, Amy Zilbar, she described her dominate leadership style as supportive (personal communication, April 25, 2013). As a principal, she delegates many tasks throughout the school year and gives support, as needed, to the staff member that is responsible for that job. She reflected that she attempts to make personal connections with all of her staff members and wants them to feel as if they are
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Another example when she only participates in the decision making is during the steering committee meetings. During this time a group of teachers come together to meet and discuss a variety of issues that need to be solved. Again, as a group, they brainstorm possible solutions and Ms. Zilbar is an equal participant. Ms. Zilbar reflected that she often uses the achievement-oriented leadership approach because this is what drives their instruction. She often looks at data (FAIR, science, formative assessments, I-Station, RTI) and meets with professional learning communities to develop a plan of action to meet the needs of the individual students (A. Zilbar, personal communication, April 25, 2013). She also meets with each teacher and reviews the students' reports cards. During these report card chats, they determine what the main focus for instruction should be within this specific classroom. As a principal she feels that her leadership style may change depending on the different situations that develop. She has to look at each individual situation, as well as, each individual teacher, and best decide which leadership approach would work best.
Impact of Theories When talking about leadership theories that have impacted the leadership style of the Ms. Zilbar, she talked in-depth about the impact of a training on "inspirational leadership theory" (A. Zilbar, personal communication, April 25, 2013). After listening to her describe this theory, it closely