Volume 6 | Issue 2 | 2018


Successful leadership is one of the key contributors to an effective school. Key people in the exercise of this role are school principals. The importance of their role lies in the position they occupy within the educational hierarchy and in the competence they exercise. The purpose of this research is to map the way in which leadership is exercised by the school principals of primary level education and to explore their views on the style and types of leadership models they adopt in the performance of their duties. In order to conduct this research effectively, the qualitative approach was chosen, because it was considered the most appropriate to reveal the views and perceptions of the respondents about the research questions that were raised, while the technique of the focused interview was preferred as the most appropriate method. Regarding leadership styles in education, the principals' responses have shown that most of them adopt the democratic style, demonstrating a high interest in individuals and in the production of work, while in terms of types of leadership models in education, responses have shown that principals follow patterns which focus on different aspects of leadership at school.

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