The knowledge that school principals acquire on the subject of leadership skills will provide them with a solid foundation for leading schools towards the success of their students, be it academic or social. The aim of this qualitative research, designed as a case study, was to determine how well prepared a school's principal is in leadership practices and in the competencies that are promoted by Emotional Intelligence to deal with the situations that take place in schools. During the investigative process the strategies that a principal uses to handle difficult situations were identified, as well as the insight that a principal has as a leader, the knowledge and mastery of leadership theories shown, and the understanding of Emotional Intelligence competencies. The data collection sources were interviews, reflexive diaries, and document reviews, which were used with the study sample. This sample was comprised of five principals of various school levels in the central area of the Island.
The findings indicate that most of the principals who participated in this study do not have a strong foundation in leadership skills and/or leadership competencies. The findings suggest coordination between the Puerto Rico Department of Education of (PRDE) and universities with the purpose of having masters programs that offer courses that strengthen the teaching of the diverse theories of leadership styles and that offer emotional intelligence courses aimed at educational environments, in a way that enables principals to be proficient in these skills and competencies when they assume their duties. Likewise, the findings recommend that PRDE continues to reinforce this foundation through professional workshops that will build upon the knowledge acquired; this will result in school principals that are well prepared in leadership skills and emotional intelligence competencies that will enable them to work effectively with the entire school community.
|Commitee:||Oyola, Edna, Surillo, Felix|
|School:||Universidad del Turabo (Puerto Rico)|
|School Location:||United States -- Puerto Rico|
|Source:||DAI-A 75/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, School administration|
|Keywords:||Emotional Intelligence, Leadership practices, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Department of Education|
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