Could Developing Servant Leadership and Emotional Intelligence Be the Key to an Effective School Leader?
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Today’s public schools call for a type of leader that can take a school through the high level of change and reform. Many elementary school principals are overwhelmed with their jobs, and the level of stress sometimes reaches the point of exhaustion. Research has shown that the leadership style of a principal is important to the success of a school. Servant leadership combined with emotional intelligence has been identified as strongly correlated. Moral conviction and a calling to serve others, along with emotional stability and sensitivity to the emotional needs of others, are the behaviors needed to empower an effective principal.