Transformational Leadership In Schools

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Introduction

In any organisation, a good leadership is important to motivate their subordinates, bring the organisation forward and achieve its goals. A good leader has a clear vision and passion to influence their followers. Job satisfaction and organisational commitment are important factors in determining organizational efficiency.

Robbins & Judge (2013) defined leadership as the ability to influence a group toward the achievement of a vision or set of goals and to perform at their highest capability (Rad and Yarmohammadian, 2006). Fuziah & Mohd Izham (2011) stated transformational leadership is effective in sustaining schools as learning organisations. Bass (1985) defined transformational leadership as the most effective leadership for the success of an organization. There are four dimensions in transformational leadership - idealized influence, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation, and individualized consideration.

In a school, principals, being the key leaders, have an important task of sustaining teachers’ commitment and satisfaction. Ishak and Nor Asikin (2003) stated, principals play a vital role in creating an organization whereby there is the continious learning of new skills and knowledge to be able to cope with changes and to meet its goals. Further, the role of schools can only be furthered if principals are committed to transfor their school into better learning organisation (Hamzah, et.al., 2011).

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