Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Toms, Forrest


The purpose of this quantitative correlational study was to explain the relationship between homeowners' preferred leadership style and their motivation to use sustainable energy. This study utilized a quantitative correlational methodology. The researcher developed and administered a questionnaire to collect data from a convenience sample of faculty and staff homeowners from two public institutions in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina. The Leadership Motivation Index Questionnaire (LMIQ) is an 11 question assessment designed to explain potential correlations between the frequency of motivational factors and preferred leadership styles. The LMIQ includes three sections (demographics, motivation, and leadership style) to access what may motivate homeowners to adopt renewable energy, residential applications. Based on the findings of this study, sample Piedmont-Triad homeowners prefer a supportive leadership behavior, and are most influenced to integrate renewable energy applications within their home by the motivational construct of valence. A medium significance was found in the correlation between valence (motivational construct) and supportive (leader behavior), expectancy (motivational construct) and directive (leader behavior), and instrumentality (motivational construct) and supportive (leader behavior).