Education and Human Sciences, College of (CEHS)


First Advisor

Dr. Marilyn Grady

Date of this Version



A DISSERTATION Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Major: Educational Studies (Educational Leadership and Higher Education), Under the Supervision of Professor Dr. Marilyn Grady. Lincoln, Nebraska: August 2020

Copyright 2020 Leah M. Richardson


Principals continue to search for the formula with the power to strengthen their leadership skills that will have an impact on achievement. Principals addressing their wellbeing is a strategy that can benefit the effectiveness of the use of their leadership skills. The purpose of this study was to describe principal wellness through the literature on the topic and to provide strategies for principals to manage their wellness. The review of the research and literature addressed principal wellness and included topics such as: principals working in isolation, developing healthier habits to minimize adverse health impacts on principals, engaging and modeling self-care, support system development for principals, and enhancing leadership self-efficacy. The research on these topics suggests strategies for principals as they strive to maintain wellness is their challenging role. Recommendations are presented focusing on the topics with provided resources to assist principals in identifying and developing a plan for their overall wellness for prioritization when addressing their wellness.

Advisor: Dr. Marilyn L. Grady