This dissertation deals with the impact of the Eight Principles of Transformational Leadership, hereafter called (EPTL) on the leaders of Shortwood Teachers’ College, hereafter referred to as (STC), and on the Grants Pen Community. Several leadership styles have been displayed by the leaders at the STC, but the EPTL have never been implemented in the management arena in which I have been employed for twenty-seven years. In addition, the STC has never networked with the community in which it operates.
The purpose of this dissertation focuses on the effect of the application of the EPTL on the leaders of STC and, by extension, networking with the Grants Pen Community. This dissertation meets the research aims through an extensive study of relevant literature on the EPTL and the practical endorsements in the Grants Pen Community to confirm the impact.
Questionnaires were administered to the leaders that is, a random sample of Heads of Departments (HODs) and citizens from the community who represent 66 percent of the population. Leaders from the STC as well as a leader from the community were interviewed, the interaction between the leaders and the members of staff in their meeting was observed.
The research and practical endorsement produced a number of significant findings such as the relevant perspectives to be used with STC and the community; the program that would be useful in the community; the perspectives that impacted the leaders’ lives; collaborative stewardship over gifting, abilities, power, authority, community resources, and values.
The main conclusions drawn from these research methodologies revealed that the current college’s organizational leadership approaches are deficient, because they fail to embrace a holistic leadership approach within STC. Another deficiency noted was the lack of communication and partnership with the community of Grants Pen at the local level. This research, therefore, argues for the multi-pronged model of the EPTL in order to inform the leaders and HODs on how to engage with leadership and college policies and issues with a view to fostering a paradigm shift in the structure of the organization and community network.