Reports the study of the preferences for decisionmakingresponsibilities indicated by deputy principals of Catholic schools inWestern Australia. The research methodology used a specificsituation item questionnaire with the preferred style for makingthe decision concerning the specific siutuation being measured on acontinuum with five alternatives of decision making. The resultssuggested that there were seven factors underlying the data collected,each with a different desired decisionmaking style. These preferredstyles appeared to be influenced by the personal skills and experienceswhich allowed the person to feel heshe could have some constructiveinput into the decision. Hence, management should consider installing asystem of leadership which recognizes that differences do existconcerning the preferred leadership styles depending on the workersperceived impact of the decisions on the individuals work life.
Journal of Educational Administration – Emerald Publishing
Published: Feb 1, 1992