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ERIC Number: EJ828384
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3124
Principals' Perceptions of Politics
Tooms, Autumn K.; Kretovics, Mark A.; Smialek, Charles A.
International Journal of Leadership in Education, v10 n1 p89-100 Jan 2007
This study is an effort to examine principals' perceptions of workplace politics and its influence on their productivity and efficacy. A survey was used to explore the perceptions of current school administrators with regard to workplace politics. The instrument was disseminated to principals serving public schools in one Midwestern state in the USA. Results show that administrators see workplace environments as happier without politics, but there is a recognized need for leaders to be politically savvy in order to assure successful leadership. Additionally, when administrators become more seasoned (surpassing the ten year mark as a school leader) the concept of political savvy shifts to a less significant level of importance. While this study focused on US school administrators, the practical implications from this work centre on a focus related to principal training within the areas of politics and socialization. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A