School Managers’ Leadership Traits and Student Factors of Senior Secondary Schools
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SCHOOL MANAGERS’ LEADERSHIP TRAITS AND STUDENT FACTORS OF SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS
1,2Department of Educational Management
University of Ibadan, Ibadan Nigeria
Current global events have necessitated innovations, effectiveness and efficiency in the educational sector. This desire has culminated in the urge to improve the outcome of senior secondary schools. This has further developed the need to carry out researches by educational management as a department and educational administrators as professionals. The paper therefore examined another dimension of leadership traits in the context of achievement of student factors. The study reviewed different literature as they relate to the leadership peculiarities of school managers in order to clearly define the independent variable. It reviewed another dimension of leadership traits in the context of achievement of student factors. The study considered leadership characteristics of not only the principal who is the school head as is the norm. Oftentimes, in order to study indicators of student factors which can shape the lives of the students and make them individuals who are worthy in character and learning, leadership attributes of the principal who is the accounting officer of the school are commonly analysed. In view of the fact that there are other circumstances which can influence student factors either positively or negatively, the study included leadership characteristics of vice-principals, Heads of Departments, and even school prefects as they affect student factors. The student factors which are discussed in this study are: punctuality, regularity and discipline. The study examined conceptually, the impact of school managers’ leadership traits on senior secondary school students. It was observed that an improvement could occur among this population when the traits are put in place.
Key words: Leadership traits, school managers, student factors, senior secondary students