Perceptions of women principals' leadership and teachers' work attitudes

Lai Ching SHUM, Yin Cheong CHENG

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Investigates the relationship between perceptions of women principals’ leadership (in terms of sex-role orientation and leadership functions) and teachers’ work attitudes (in terms of sense of efficacy, sense of community and sense of professional interest) by controlling teachers’ personal demographics in a sample of teachers under the administration of women principals in secondary schools. Gives the results of Pearson and canonical correlation analyses, which indicated that, according to teachers’ perceptions, among the measures of perceived women principals’ leadership, human leadership, political leadership, symbolic leadership, structural leadership, educational leadership, androgynous orientation and undifferentiated orientation (negatively) were strong predictors of a teacher’s work attitudes. The findings of this study support the advocacy of the five leadership dimensions and androgynous orientation in women principals’ leadership. Advances implications for further study and practice. Copyright © 1997 Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-184
JournalJournal of Educational Administration
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1997


Shum, L. C. & Cheng, Y. C. (1997). Perceptions of women principals' leadership and teachers' work attitudes. Journal of Educational Administration, 35(2), 165-184.


  • Gender
  • Hong Kong
  • Leadership
  • Schools
  • Teachers
  • Women


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