HomeThe Magusvol. 5 no. 1 (2014)

INTERWEAVING THE GAPS BETWEEN LEADERSHIP PROFESSED AND PRACTICED BY THE GUIDANCE HEADS

Cesar Chester O. Relleve

Discipline: Education

 

Abstract:

This study assessed the theories of administration and management of leadership professed and practiced by the guidance heads of Arellano University. The results of the assessment became the basis for the development of proposed action plan. The respondents of this study were the guidance director, three supervising counselors, which termed as guidance heads under this study, then fourteen guidance counselors, one psychometrician and one guidance clerk. The mixed-method research design specifically triangulation with convergence model was utilized in this investigation. To ensure valid and realistic data presentation and analysis, statistical treatment such as weighted mean and t-test for Independent Samples were employed with the aid of Microsoft Excel 2007.

The study revealed that gaps between the leadership professed and practiced by the guidance heads on the indicators under Contingency Theory. Specifically, these are “Ensure assumption of responsibility for each member of the department”, “Recognize opportunity when the group needs direction” and “Clarify role expectations”. These indicators were always professed by the guidance heads however, the guidance personnel perceived it as frequently practiced by the guidance heads. The other theories of administration and management of leadership professed by the guidance heads were actually applied into practice as perceived by the guidance personnel under them. Thus, no gaps were observed and reflected on the following theories Scientific Management, Human Relations, Bureaucratic Management, and Systems and Critical theories. Likewise, no gaps emerged on the management of leadership in terms of conveying the mission and vision of the university, fitness of administrative behavior, as well as in the achievement of goal, efficiency and productivity and hierarchy of position. Considering the results revealed by the study, the researcher proposed an action plan to sustain best leadership and management practices, as well as to interweave leadership indicators with gaps and also enhance management and leadership understanding of the guidance heads.