Principal Leadership for Private Schools Improvement: The Singapore Perspective

Abstract

Author(s): Prof. Dr. Victor YU*

This paper aims to examine leadership qualities among private school principals in Singapore. Findings from the study indicate that effective principals are able to establish trust, create structures that promote principal-teachers communication and maintain a high level of moral values. Specifically, it presents the findings from the case of ten private schools in Singapore. Included an overview of the study and a discussion of emergent themes and questions related to the roles of the principals and the relations between school and the community. The results from our study indicate that financial goal rank top above all other goals set by the private school principals. The emphasis on maximizing financial gain is a cause of concern as many school principals have lost their intellectual integrity as well as their academic values in their pursuit of financial gains.

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