Principals’ Leadership Characteristics: An Indispensable Tool for Teachers Effectiveness in Southwestern Nigeria Secondary Schools

Principals’ Leadership Characteristics: An Indispensable Tool for Teachers Effectiveness in Southwestern Nigeria Secondary Schools

  • Busuyi Francis Olowo, Mr. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
  • Christopher Oluwatoyin Fashiku, Dr. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
  • Festus Oluwole Alabi, Dr. Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria
  • Adedapo Solomon Adelokun, Dr. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Abstract

This study investigated principals’ leadership characteristics and teachers’ effectiveness in Southwestern Nigerian secondary schools. The research design was descriptive research survey. The population comprised all 2,596 principals and 53,836 teachers in all 2,596 public secondary schools in Southwestern Nigerian. The sample of this study consisted of 950 respondents that comprised 54 principals and 918 teachers. Two instruments were used. They were: Teachers’ Effectiveness Questionnaire (TEQ) and Personnel Leadership Characteristics Questionnaires (PLCQ). Data collected were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The findings of the study showed that teachers in Southwestern Nigerian public secondary schools were highly effective (12%), moderately effective (59.2%), fairly effective (16.7%) and not effective (1.9%). The result further showed that integrity (19.7%0, justice (15.4%), humanity (14.2%), courage (13.2%), humility (11.4%), collaboration (10.2%), accountability (9.2%) and temperance (6.7%) respectively were leadership characteristics exhibited and demonstrated by principals in Southwestern Nigerian public secondary schools. The study equally showed that the R square value was 0.741 which indicated that 74.1% of variance in the teachers’ effectiveness can be accounted for by principals’ leadership characteristics. Furthermore, the result indicated that integrity (β= .512, P<0.05), humanity (β= .432, P<0.05), courage (β= .401, P<0.05), humility (β= .376, P<0.05), collaboration (β= .283, P<0.05), justice (β= .211, P<0.05), accountability (β=.132, P<0.05) and temperance (β= .111, P<0.05) were significant contributors to teachers’ effectiveness in Southwestern Nigerian public secondary schools. The study therefore concluded that those principals’ leadership characteristics (integrity, justice, humanity, courage, humility, collaboration, accountability and temperance) positively influenced teachers’ effectiveness in Southwestern Nigerian public secondary schools. The study implicates that principals of schools are expected to develop and exhibit the leadership characteristics that that are consistent and acceptable in situations which would contribute, trigger, and enhance the teachers’ effectiveness toward the achievement of schools goals.

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Author Biographies

Busuyi Francis Olowo, Mr., Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Mr. Olowo, Busuyi Francis is currently PhD student in the Department of Educational Management, Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

Christopher Oluwatoyin Fashiku, Dr., Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Dr. Fashiku, Chrostopher Oluwatoyin is currently senior lecturer in the Department of Educational Management, Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Festus Oluwole Alabi, Dr., Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria

Dr. Alabi, Festus Oluwole is currently senior lecturer in the Department of Educational Management, Faculty of Education, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo ,Nigeria

Adedapo Solomon Adelokun, Dr., Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Dr. Adelokun, Adedapo Solomon is currentlytly senior lecturer in the Department of Educational Management, Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Published
2020-07-13
How to Cite
OLOWO, Busuyi Francis et al. Principals’ Leadership Characteristics: An Indispensable Tool for Teachers Effectiveness in Southwestern Nigeria Secondary Schools. Educational Leader (PEMIMPIN PENDIDIKAN), [S.l.], v. 8, n. 1, p. 17-44, july 2020. ISSN 2601-0011. Available at: <https://ejournal.um.edu.my/index.php/PEMIMPIN/article/view/23477>. Date accessed: 19 sep. 2020.