The Impact of Principal Leadership Style on Teachers’ Happiness and Consequently Their Self Efficacy

Loureen D. Haddad, Rawia Ashqar


This article assumes that a school principal is the most important figure in every school. It also assumes that principal style of leadership is significant factor affecting teachers’ happiness at school and their job satisfaction. Based on these assumptions, the article examines the impact of principal leadership style on teachers’ happiness and through this variable on their self-efficacy. The study examines the influence of each the three major leadership styles: transformational, rewarding and avoiding on teachers’ happiness. Teachers’ happiness is measured through the commitment of a teacher to the school objectives, where commitment is measured through his/her compliance with the school goals, identification with the school staff and internalization of the school values. Finally, self efficacy is measured through the degree of success in realizing the school goals and missions. The findings of the study point to a positive impact of the transformational and to a less extent rewarding leadership styles on teachers’ happiness and self efficacy.

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