Servant Leadership in Schools: Supporting Teacher Professional Growth and Efficacy

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Robinson, Kathleen
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This capstone study identifies the important components of servant leadership and how it can have a positive effect on teachers' self-efficacy and, ultimately, students' success in a school setting. Research has shown that teachers who have a strong self-efficacy are motivated within their classrooms and implement high-level instruction that results in an increase in student success and engagement. The research presented in this capstone study shows that implementing servant leadership creates a strong, positive working environment that supports the motivation, efficacy, and professional growth of teachers. An efficacious teacher has a strong belief in their ability to create change and improve the students' learning in their classroom. They are willing to accept change and challenges and provide a successful learning experience for their students. Furthermore, educational leaders who support and enhance their staff's self-efficacy indirectly support the growth of their students and gain the support of their stakeholders. Educational leaders who implement servant leadership style do so selflessly. Servant leadership is a servant-first approach, so a servant leader is a leader who puts others first. They relinquish most of their authority, and their focus and vision is centered around improving teachers at the core and their school in its entirety. Implementing this approach in a school provides teachers with a safe, caring work environment that allows them to feel appreciated and respected for their skills and abilities. It also enhances teachers' self-efficacy and ability to improve their skills and professional knowledge and has a positive effect on students' success.
collective efficacy , educational leaders , educational leadership , extrinsic motivation , intrinsic motivation , professional growth , servant leadership , teacher self-efficacy
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