Education K-12 M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa


Times of change are inevitable. It is common for times of change to be accompanied with feelings of uncertainty. Leaders cannot predict change, but they can prepare for change by creating strong cultures of trust and building capacity within their organizations. In terms of educational organizations, it is crucial for administrators to implement leadership practices that provide faculty and students with safety, consistency and supportive social relationships to combat change and uncertainty. A review of literature will seek to answer the question: How can an administrator effectively build a school culture that can endure times of change? This thesis reviews the research that explores how open communication, consistent leadership behaviors, caring leadership and collegial trust are essential to building a strong culture of trust. This thesis will also investigate the impact of which shared leadership, collaboration and collective decision-making have on an administrator’s ability to build a capacity for change and leadership in their faculty. Finally, this paper will review how administrators can sustain strong cultures of trust and high levels of capacity within their institutions.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

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