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The Study on Principal Leadership Style - Analysis of A Elementary School Principal and Teachers’ Perception
The leadership style of principal
The teacher's perception
The study aim to understand principal leadership and the perception of teachers’ perception of principal leadership. One elementary school is studied as a case study. Information is collected through interview in order to find out the style of case principal leadership, the all of teachers ‘perception of the principal leadership style. Here are the main discoveries. 1.The style of case principal’s concept of management is “respect the right and power to teacher professional autonomy”,”understanding the history of the elementary school, planning the future development on the base”, improving the hardware and the educational media of school” “establish the new clubs in order to raise children’s interest” respecting the language education” and improving the old rules step by step”. Because of the difference of duty, there are some difference between the principal and teachers. 2.The style of case principal power use is “using the hierarchy, cooperating and sharing responsibility”, “determining on school policies according to the procedure”,“being the teachers ’s expert”, “being friendly with people , closing to people”, “understanding the teacher’s situation, giving them some help”. Because of the difference of working way and style, there are some difference between the principal and teachers. 3.The style of case principal communicated behavior is “taking the children as the center, being the children’s toy”, “communicating let each other mutual understanding through the conferences”, “both using official and unofficial communication” “well-spoken”, “high Emotional quotient, having a good emotional management ability”, understanding different opinions, adjust his way at the right time”, “management by walking around”, “understanding teachers by classroom observation”. Because of the difference of duty and expressional way, there are some difference between the principal and teachers. 4.The style of case principal decisive behavior is “giving priority to children’ s benefit”, “preparing in anticipation, giving some help when things taking place, amending after the activities” “respect the teacher’s right and power of freedom” ,taking place the in-service training for teachers”, “insistenting his decisions himself” . Because of the difference of duty, there are some difference between the principal and teachers. 5.The style of case principal conflict management is “listening to teachers’ thought, understanding the reasons of opposition”, “attempt to pass the plan of activation courses” , “letting the conflict in public”, “request teachers not only tell their opinion, but also mention the improving way”. Because of the different of duty and educational ideas and goals, there are some difference between the principal and teachers.
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