Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

H Stanton Tuttle

Second Advisor

Jeffrey S. Williamson

Third Advisor

Houston Thompson

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery


This study explored the leadership characteristics of minority female police supervisors, the actual and perceived barriers to their advancement through the ranks, and the strategies and factors that aided their success and career advancement within the police department participating in the study. Statistical data was gathered regarding the status of high-ranking minority women in the agency, administered participant questionnaires and surveys, and conducted individual semi-structured interviews with the participants. Information obtained from the department's online personnel data system aided in identifying study participants within the agency. The study participants met the criteria of being high-ranking minority female supervisors holding the position of lieutenant, captain, commander, or chief. Each participant defined the leadership qualities and characteristics they felt contributed to their attainment of high-ranking leadership roles. Data regarding demographics, career history, and personal aspirations was collected. In addition, information regarding the opinions and perceptions regarding their treatment as police officers and the effects of these perceptions on their performance and their efforts to attain high-ranking positions was gathered from the participants as well. The results of this study were analyzed and compared to the results of similar previous studies. The results allowed the researcher to determine which qualities and characteristics participants exhibited and valued most that led to their success as leaders.


Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2014 for Olivet Nazarene University.