A Correlational Study of Principals’ Leadership Styles on Teachers’ Job Satisfaction in Girls’ Private Elementary schools in Saudi Arabia

Open Access
Author:
Abdulghani, Nesreen
Graduate Program:
Educational Leadership
Degree:
Doctor of Education
Document Type:
Dissertation
Date of Defense:
December 07, 2015
Committee Members:
  • Dr Shouse, Dissertation Advisor
  • Dr Shouse, Committee Chair
  • Dr Youder, Committee Member
  • Dr Stefkovich, Committee Member
  • Jamie Myers, Committee Member
  • Edward J Fuller, Committee Member
  • Kai Arthur Schafft, Committee Member
Keywords:
  • principals’ leadership styles
  • teachers’ job satisfaction
Abstract:
The purpose of this quantitative, correlational study is to explore the relationship between principals’ leadership styles and teachers’ job satisfaction in private elementary schools for girls in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In this study, I measure two main constructs: leadership styles and job satisfaction. Within leadership style, I measure three sub-constructs: transformational leadership, transactional leadership and passive-avoidant leadership. This study is motivated by two research questions aimed at identifying the primary leadership style adopted by school principals and the relationship between principals’ leadership styles and teachers’ job satisfaction in private elementary schools for girls in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Correlational analysis results are based on quantitative survey data from a sample of principals and teacher pairs from 55 schools. I discuss implications of my findings and provide suggestions for future research.