Title: The Expression of the Deputy Principals’ Leadership in Problem-solving and Decision-making
Stream: Educational Policy, Leadership, Management & Administration
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Monika Simkute, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
School’s principals’ competencies, leadership and activities are widely researched topics while deputy principals remain in the shadow. However, deputy principals play a significant role in a school as they act as an intermediary between principals and other community members. Their part of the leadership at schools is unknown as well as responsibilities and tasks are unclear. Being accountable to principals, they solve problems and take decisions in line with the methods of managing schools applied by principals. The research aims to highlight the leadership expression of deputy school principals in the school, to reveal the possibilities of combining shared and distributed leadership and to analyze the application of shared and distributed leadership by deputy school principals building relationships with members of the school community. The grounded theory method, which was used in research, revealed that in between community members the most prevalent mode of communication is cooperative while business-like and directive are less frequent. Also, the decisions are taken by collegial decision-making method, voting or accepting an advantageous option, while opinions are based on facts and documents. The majority of school deputy principals are supporters of shared leadership, nevertheless when certain situations appear the distributed leadership is carried out. Finally, most of the time deputy principals have freedom of actions within the limits of their official functions and responsibilities and tend to create equivalent relationships with other community members. Keywords: Shared leadership, distributed leadership, deputy principals.
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