PROPOPSAL ON EDUCATION LEADERSHIP STYLE

| June 19, 2015

INTRODUCTION

            According to Yildirim et al (2008), there exists a strong correlation between the teacher’s leadership style and the school performance. Which is the best for positive result? Is it People or task-oriented? With the increasing pressure on learning institutions for positive results focus has to be drifted away from the traditional styles of leadership of setting goals and imposing for output (Eddy & VanDerlin, 2006). In their study Bodla and Nawaz (2010) suggested that education centers need to adopt people-centered styles in which the leaders inspire and motivate their subordinates in both personal and professional respects. A positive correlation exists between people-centered style and the performance (Yildirim et al, 2008). This research aims to confirm the above statement and create awareness to the school leaders.

THEORY

In people oriented leadership, the leaders are involved in supporting, developing and organizing the people under his control. It can be said to be a participative leadership style. It encourages teamwork and collaborative invention and innovation (Bodla & Nawaz, 2010).

Task-oriented style of leadership in contrast is quite autocratic. The leader’s role is to ensure the work is done. There is no involvement of the subordinates in decision making. Enhancing creativity is the key to success of an organization (Howard, 2007).

Coulter and Robbins (2005) defined leadership as the ability and capability to influence people or groups of people to achieve the set goals (as cited in Bodla & Nawaz, 2010). There is need to create awareness to educational leaders (head teachers) for people-oriented leadership.

PURPOSE OF THE RESEARCH

The purpose of this research is to find out the effect of head teachers’ leadership to the performance of teachers. As previous research have revealed the performance of the employees depend on the way their individual interests are perceived by their leaders. Leaders should show attention to their employees before imposing responsibilities to them (Rijal, 2010).

While emphasize has been put in student-teacher relationship and leadership teachers’ relationship with their leaders (head teachers) matters a lot in the overall performance of the school. Specifically this research seeks to create awareness to schools’ leaders on the importance of people-oriented leadership in the success of the school.

PROPOSED DESIGN

In order to accomplish the objectives of the research the following methodology will be used.

The first activity is to collect data from various teachers in different schools. This will be carried out in two ways; Interviews and questionnaires. One on one interview shall be based on the questions drafted. This shall be carried on at least 20% of the population. Questionnaire will be the main method to collect data. The school performance data should also be obtained.

The data collected shall be analyzed based on the objectives. It will be then discussed and conclusions stated.

RESEARCH POPULATION

The population is 100 teachers of which 50 are from Kuwait and 50 in US (Texas). In each of these areas the data shall be collected from diversity of schools. In each of the areas at least 10 teachers will be interviewed while the rest shall be provided with questionnaires to fill. In order to effectively acquire the correct information, visits shall be done during break times when the teachers are free.

EXAMPLE OF DATA THAT MAY BE COLLECTED

LOCATION 1

SCHOOL HEAD TEACHERS’ PERCEPTION TO TEACHERS’ INTERESTS SCHOOL PERFOMANCE FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS TEACHERS ATTITUDE TO THE HEAD
A Does not care Below Average Negative
B Cares Above Average  Positive
C Cares Average Positive

 

 

 

 

 

LOCATION 2

SCHOOL HEAD TEACHERS’ PERCEPTION TO TEACHERS’ INTERESTS SCHOOL PERFOMANCE FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS TEACHERS ATTITUDE TO THE HEAD
A Does not care Below Average Negative
B Cares Above Average  Positive
C Does not care Below Average Positive

 

SOCIAL CHANGE IMPLICATIONS

            The research is expected to impact on the behavior of head teachers. Most teachers focus on the results of the teachers overlooking their interests. Research has shown that most teachers spent most of their time enforcing the enactment of the curriculum fulfillment schedules. Teachers have individual interests which need to be addressed by their heads in order to satisfactorily perform in their work.

This research is expected to inform the school leaders that performance of their schools will be more effective if they consider the interest of teachers in their work. This will improve the work relations within school environment.

OTHER INFORMATION

The data given above is just a sample based on the expectations of the results of the research. The research expects a strong correlation between performance and the head teachers’ leadership style.

The method of data collection will depend on the availability of the teacher. It will also be determined by the personality of the teachers. Some people are good in giving information in written form while others in speech. Other information such as the school performances should be obtained by the permission of the examinations offices of the schools.

Interview questions and questionnaires shall be designed and attached at the end of the final report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REFERENCES

Bartlett, C.  & Wozny, M. (2005). GE’s Two Decade Transformation: Jack Welch’s             Leadership. Harvard Business School Press.HBS 9-399-150. Available from             http://www.4shared.com/document/emnMi_4Q/GEs_Two-Decade_4.html

Bodla M.A. & Nawaz, M.M. (2010). Comparative Study of Full Range Leadership             Model among Faculty Members in Public and Private Sector Higher             Education, Institutes and Universities. International Journal of Business and      Management, (4), 208-214.

Eddy, P.L, & VanDerlinden, K.E. (2006). Emerging Definitions of Leadership in   Higher Education. Community College Review, 34 (1), 5-26.

Howard, W.C. (2007). Leadership Styles.384-391.

Rijal, S. (2010). Leadership Style and Organizational Culture in Learning Organization: A comparative Study. International Journal of Management &   Information   Systems, 14 (5), 119-127.

Yildirim, O., Acar, C.A., Bull, S. & Sevinc, L. (2008). Relationship between Teachers’     Perceived Leadership Style, Students’ Learning Style, and Academic               Achievement: A study on High School Students. Educational Psychology, 28   (1), 73-81.

 

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