The role of authentic school leaders in promoting teachers' well-being: Perceptions of israeli teachers

Yaffa Buskila, Tamar Chen-Levi

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    This study aims to explore teachers’ perceptions of the role played by school principals in promoting teachers' well-being. The teachers in Israel have a low professional self-image and work under stressful conditions. Psychological well-being combines a good feeling with effective functioning and promoting well-being can enhance efficacy at work. This is a qualitative study, with a personal interpretive paradigm of teachers' reflections. Data was collected from 53 teachers and analyzed in a four-stage process: condensing, coding, categorizing, and theorizing. The study was based on the planned theory (Ajzen & Fishbein, 1980), and the data was encoded and categorized according to the Goleman, Boyatzis and McKee (2004) emotional intelligence (EI), leadership competence which founds to enhance well-being and effectiveness at work. Findings indicate that school principals can play an important role in promoting teachers’ well-being by displaying relationship management, which generates the highest level of EI: Creating a positive emotional climate, keeping relationships on the right track, and demonstrating genuine concern for teachers. Understanding the importance of EI and mastering it by educational leaders is important for promoting well-being. It is significant for the positive functioning of the teachers and school system. This study contributes to the epistemology of promoting teachers' well-being and developing EI by educational leader.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)161-180
    Number of pages20
    JournalAthens Journal of Education
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - May 2021

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    • Emotional intelligence
    • School principals
    • Teachers’ well-being


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