An Analysis of the Cases of Successful Senior High School Principals in Taiwan
Successful cases of principal leadership in senior high schools in Taiwan was analyzed by this study and linked to the ISSPP. The purpose of this study is twofold: 1. to understand the leadership characteristics, leadership types, beliefs and values, leadership strategies and actions of successful principals; 2. to analyze the main contributions and achievements of successful principals to their schools. The method of interview was employed. Conclusions include: 1. Traits of successful senior high school principals comprise tolerance and effective communication skills and they are geared towards the contingency theory of leadership; 2. Most of the effective key strategies and behaviors of senior high school principals are relating to concepts, actions or methods of their practical behaviors, but some of them are in line with the two-dimension leadership behavioral theories of high initiating structure and high consideration; 3. Main contributions of effective principals include developing students in diverse ways, leading teachers to lead teachers, and building school features and brands, etc., ; 4. Main results of successful principal leadership include forming teacher communities and motivating teachers to study and design curriculum, enabling students to understand and develop themselves, leading the school to achieve sustainable development and innovation, and sharing resources and interacting closely with the local community. Related suggestions are: 1. In terms of leadership concepts and characteristics, principals should be actively cultivated to have tolerance and communication skills; 2. Principals should be urged to understand the theories of high advocacy, high care, and transformational leadership, and to apply them to leadership behavior; 3. Regarding their influence on teachers, high school principals need to be able to lead by example and lead the teaching team to learn, as well as inspire teachers’ enthusiasm; 4. Regarding their influence on students, high school principals must use diversification to cultivate students’ independent learning, interest and ability to apply what they have learned, so that students can understand themselves and develop themselves; 5. With regard to their impact on the overall school, high school principals need to be able to establish a warm campus environment for the school’s characteristics and brand, student learning, teacher teaching innovation and environmental transformation.
|關鍵詞||成功的校長、訪談法、學校領導、successful principal、interview、school leadership|