Publication Date

Spring 2018

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Randall Capps (Director), Joseph Cangemi, and Daniel Pelino

Degree Program

Educational Leadership Doctoral Program

Degree Type

Doctor of Education


The purpose of this research is to study the leadership profile of a leader’s effectual power and influence. A qualitative research design is preferred to capture rich, thick personal responses from the interview participants. Semi-structured interviews were utilized with open-ended questions, which enabled the respondents to provide unique insights and reflections of their direct and indirect experiences with the research subject. Additionally, document inquiry and direct observations were used and, as an outcome, triangulation was achieved.

Effective use of power is studied in the context of a leader’s ability to influence others to induce a desired outcome. The subject’s influence and how it affects the followers’ attitudes, beliefs, and values are of distinct interest. Although power and influence research has addressed many relevant issues pertaining to leadership within organizations, valid suggestions are offered from the findings of this study.

The research results indicate the base of social power that a leader employs, combined with identified components of emotional intelligence and characteristics of an authentic leadership approach, can develop an effective leadership profile from which others can learn.


Educational Leadership | Leadership Studies | Organizational Behavior and Theory