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ERIC Number: ED432037
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Building Capacity for Change: Transformational Leadership for School Principals.
Chirichello, Michael
This paper examines transformational leadership, defined as follows: an influencing relationship between inspired, energetic leaders and followers who have a mutual commitment to a mission that includes a belief in empowering the members of an organization to effect lasting change. The article presents the results of a qualitative and quantitative study by M. P. Chirichello that analyzed and identified characteristics of the preferred leadership styles of principals in selected, successful public elementary schools in New Jersey. The purposes of the study were to analyze and identify the preferred leadership styles of principals in these schools, describe the schools' organizational climates, examine the relationships between principals' preferred leadership styles and the characteristics of transformational leadership, and explore the relationship between the preferred leadership styles in successful schools and the teachers' perceptions of the organizational climates in the schools. The study drew on indepth and detailed analyses of teachers' perceptions of their schools' organizational climates. The results indicated an apparent relationship between the preferred leadership style of principals and transformational leadership. The article offers suggestions for ways in which transformational leadership can facilitate change and for implementing a more collective design for school governance. Contains 39 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey