Date of Award

Spring 4-29-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Organizational Leadership

First Advisor

Jeffrey Lee

Second Advisor

Keith Larick

Third Advisor

Patricia Clark-White


The purpose of this thematic, qualitative phenomenological study was to discover and describe the lived experiences of exemplar community college presidents in the use of the six domains of conflict transformation behaviors and the impact these domains have on achieving common ground (collaboration, communication, emotional intelligence, ethics, problem-solving, and process) to achieve breakthrough results and transform conflict. This study considered the experiences, perceptions, and interpretations of exemplar leaders. To know and understand how successful community college presidents operated in their environment was both practical and significant. The need to research and study these leaders included understanding how they work through and transform conflict. The findings from this research illustrated how they used the six behavioral domains to transform conflict to achieve common ground. Further research should be widened to include a cross-section of community college presidents from other states, and a future study that examines how presidents leadership may or may not be impacted by being an being an introvert vs. extrovert impacts their ability to lead is a. The information and results of this study were combined with the peer-researchers’ findings who are studying exemplar leaders in other fields of work to support future research of common ground and the six domains.