STAKEHOLDERS PERCEPTIONS OF PRINCIPALS’ LEADERSHIP STYLE PRACTICES IN SECONDARY SCHOOL IN NORTH CENTRAL GEOGRAPHICAL ZONE, NIGERIAAbstract:
This study examines stakeholder’s perception of principals’ leadership style practices in Secondary Schools in North Central Geographical zone, Nigeria. Two objectives guided this study and the objectives are; assess stakeholders”, perceptions of principals’ autocratic leadership style practices in secondary schools in North Central Geographical zone, examine stakeholders perceptions of principals visionary leadership style practice in secondary schools, the research questions and hypotheses are in line with the objectives. Relevant literature was reviewed. descriptive survey was used as the research design. The population was 92,089 which comprised 3,167 principals, 61,825 teachers, 1,665 Ministry of Education officials and 25,432 PTA Officials. The total sample size was one thousand four hundred and twenty-six 1,426. That consisted of 345 principals, 382 teachers, 321 MOE officials and 378 PTA officials. Self-structured questionnaire titled ‘Stakeholders’ perception of Principals’ leadership style practices in Secondary Schools’ (SPPLSPSS)” was used to elicit responses with reliability coefficient of 0.72 using split half test. Perceptions of respondents were analysed using frequency counts for research questions answered and analysis of Variance (ANOVA) for hypotheses analyzed to express the results of the findings. The findings show that principals that practices autocratic leadership style gives deadline on every assignment given to teacher and students with full compliance. The finding also revealed that principals that practices visionary leadership style helps in increasing oneness work place. The study concludes that principals should varies that leadership style to enhance effectiveness.