Fall 2023

ESRP 9000 Professor

Linda Gaughan

ESRP 9001 Professor

Linda Gaughan

Executive Summary

This research was designed to provide insight to the discussion of leadership development and the importance of creating structured pathways to nurture future leaders in educational settings. These pathways encompass a series of action steps, including conducting needs assessments, designing leadership frameworks, identifying potential leaders, developing leadership programs, tracking progress, and fostering a culture of leadership. Barriers and strategies to overcome resistance during the implementation of leadership development action plans were also addressed. Potential hurdles, such as a lack of buy-in from leadership, constraints in resources, conflicting priorities, and concerns related to failure, were highlighted. Additionally, solutions to address these challenges were provided.

In the context of high school education, key collaborators were identified who can play supportive roles in the implementation of leadership development pathways. These collaborators include school administrators, teachers, guidance counselors, student government representatives, parent-teacher association members, alumni, educational consultants, peer leaders, school board members, local colleges and universities, professional organizations, mental health professionals, and technology specialists. The various resources required for the successful execution of action plans encompass personnel with specific roles and responsibilities, as well as financial and technological resources. Lastly, the research involved an exploration of the desired outcomes associated with different stages of action plans. These included the identification of leadership gaps during needs assessment and gap analysis, the creation of structured pathways when designing a leadership development framework, the nurturing of employees with leadership potential in the identification of potential leaders, the development of effective leadership programs, the monitoring of success and impact evaluation in tracking progress, and the cultivation of a culture valuing leadership development in promoting a leadership culture.

Document Type

Strategic Research Project-NSU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Abraham S. Fischler College of Education