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ERIC Number: EJ1075511
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3124
Multi-Dimensional Trust: How Beginning Principals Build Trust with Their Staff during Leader Succession
Northfield, Shawn
International Journal of Leadership in Education, v17 n4 p410-441 2014
As part of principal succession, new school leaders must take action to solidify their position as the school's legitimate lead authority while at the same time, develop and utilize interactive mechanisms designed to nurture staff relations and engender teacher support and confidence in their leadership. For beginning principals, this process highlights the critical importance of understanding the influences and expectations of the leadership context and the need for building and maintaining trust. This paper explores how beginning principals attend to multidimensional criteria when building trust with their staff as part of early-phase school leadership during principal succession. New principals identified using actionable principles and behaviours related to knowledge/skills, interaction, and communication as a means to engender trust with their colleagues. Findings were combined with concepts associated with educational trust in extant research to create the conceptualization of Three-Dimensional Trust. The multidimensional trust model includes three different dimensions of criteria for each of two areas of ability--task, ability, and interpersonal ability.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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