Perceived leadership practices of California elementary principals in relation to leadership coaching

The purpose of this research study was to compare the self-reported leadership practice of California�s elementary school principals using the Kouzes and Posner Leadership Practices Inventory between principals who had received leadership coaching and those who had not received leadership coaching. The study was conducted using a survey in which 1,000 California elementary school principals were randomly selected to participate. A demographic section, along with the 2003 edition of Kouzes and Posner�s Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) Self-Form, was used to gather information and determine if there was a significant difference between the two groups. The response rate was 32.5%. The findings indicated that there was no significant difference in mean scores, in the five dimensions, for those principals who had received coaching and those who had not received coaching. However, the data indicated that there are some differences in gender and ethnicity between elementary principals receiving coaching and those not receiving coaching.