Title: The relationship between emotional intelligence of school principals in managing change and deputy principal change beliefs

Authors: Tai Mei Kin; Omar Abdull Kareem

Addresses: Department of Management and Leadership, Faculty of Management and Economics, Sultan Idris Education University, 35900 Tanjong Malim, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia ' Department of Management and Leadership, Faculty of Management and Economics, Sultan Idris Education University, 35900 Tanjong Malim, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia

Abstract: The purpose of the study was to examine the relationship between principal change leadership emotional intelligence (PCLEI) and deputy principal change beliefs (DPCB). A total of 760 questionnaires were completed by deputy principals from Malaysian national day secondary school (NDSS), fully residential secondary school (FRSS) and national religious secondary school (NRSS). The finding revealed that there was a positive correlation between PCLEI and DPCB across NDSS, FRSS and NRSS. This supported a re-conceptualisation of school leadership whereby the rational models of leadership should be complemented by emotional management in today's leadership terrain. The study also found that different organisational culture of NDSS, FRSS and NRSS contributed differently to the above phenomenon. As PCLEI was a contributor to and an outcome of school culture, school principals need to be sensitive to the challenges which emerge from the organisational culture and proactively influence to shape the culture that best benefits the organisation.

Keywords: emotional utilisation; emotional intelligence; emotional perceiving and expressing; emotional understanding; emotional regulation; change beliefs; discrepancy; efficacy; principal support.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLC.2020.106718

International Journal of Learning and Change, 2020 Vol.12 No.2, pp.124 - 142

Received: 29 Sep 2017
Accepted: 07 Aug 2018

Published online: 13 Apr 2020 *

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