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Individual Differences and Educational Leadership

Individual Differences and Educational Leadership
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Author(s): Anna Kanape-Willingshofer (Linz University, Austria) and Sabine Bergner (Graz University, Austria)
Copyright: 2015
Pages: 36
Source title: Multidimensional Perspectives on Principal Leadership Effectiveness
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Kadir Beycioglu (Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey) and Petros Pashiardis (Open University of Cyprus, Cyprus)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6591-0.ch009


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The chapter discusses the relevance of individual differences in personality traits for the study of school leadership, especially with regard to leadership success. Findings from psychological leadership research have shown that, amongst others, personality, cognitive and emotional intelligence, as well as creativity predict leadership outcome variables. The authors investigate how far these traits have been able to predict leadership success across different occupations and also across different situational and methodological conditions. In addition, studies on the relationship of individual trait differences and school principals' effectiveness are discussed. The chapter shows that individual differences research holds potential for educational leadership, but further studies are needed to draw conclusions about the potential cognitive ability, personality traits, emotional intelligence, as well as creativity hold for predicting leadership success of school principals.

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