Abstract

A qualitative mini-case study of I. King Jordan and his leadership style explores the influence of a transformational leader on Gallaudet University and the Deaf community. The study features a template-style semistructured interview with Jordan regarding his perceptions of leadership and his personal insights. The study highlights the attributes of transformational leadership and encourages further research into leadership as a tool for change in the Deaf community and the disability rights movement. This exploration of the leadership style of Gallaudet’s first Deaf president is especially timely; the study was conducted between Jordan’s retirement announcement and the Gallaudet Board of Trustees’ decision to rescind an offer to his announced successor to become the university’s next president. That tumultuous transition accentuated the disconnect between Jordan’s transformational, charismatic leadership style, which affected generations of the Deaf community, and his followers’ dissatisfaction with his management and successor planning.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-0375
Print ISSN
0002-726X
Pages
pp. 357-367
Launched on MUSE
2008-11-23
Open Access
No
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