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Principal’s Leading Role in the School
This paper deals with a problem of school management, that is, a principal’s leading role in the management, seen through its determinants: motivation, communication, interpersonal relationships, school development, introduction of innovation and change, professional advancement and school’s reputation in the community. Following the theoretical analysis of this problem, an empirical study was conducted among principals and teachers of primary schools in Split-Dalmatia County, with the aim to establish how principals and teachers perceive the role of a principal as a school leader, how satisfied they are with the realization of the leader’s role, whether there is a difference in perception of the role from teachers’ and principals’ point of view. It was found that participants perceive the leadership role of school principals through principals’ flexibility and authority related to the roles’ very realization, as seen through its determinants. Participants are generally satisfied with the realization of principals’ role in school, although there are some differences in perception with respect to sociodemographic characteristics of respondents. Analyzing the overall results of the research, which are at a satisfactory level, it is evident that there is some place for improvement of certain determinants of the role of a principle as a school leader and for opening of opportunities for further principals’ advancement and development in this regard.
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