Rezzan UCAR1,*, Servet DALGIC2
1Van Yuzuncu Yıl University, TURKEY
2Van Tev-İfakat Yavuz Ortaokulu, TURKEY
Purpose: The main purpose of this study to determine the relationship between the strategic leadership characteristics of school principals and the level of organizational commitment of teachers.
Research Methods: The universe of the research in the relational screening model is the 3648 teachers working in the secondary education institutions in Van province in the 2017-2018 academic year. 558 teachers, who were determined by the stratified sampling method, formed the sample of the research.
Findings: According to research findings, teachers think that school principals usually show strategic leadership qualities. According to the teachers, school principals are generally in the dimension of strategic leadership, transformational applications, managerial applications and political applications, and in terms of ethical applications, they always demonstrate strategic leadership characteristics. Teachers’ organizational commitment was found to be moderate in the study. Teachers’ organizational commitment was found moderate level, at a low level in the compliance sub-dimension, a low level in the internalization sub-dimension, and a moderate level in the identification sub-dimension. Another finding of the study, it was found that there was a moderately significant positive relationship between the strategic leadership characteristics of school principals and the organizational commitment of teachers.
Implications for Research and Practice: The finding that there is a moderate positive correlation between the strategic leadership characteristics of school principals and the level of organizational commitment of teachers, school principals are more likely to develop strategic leadership characteristics that will strengthen teachers’ organizational commitment.
Keywords: Strategic leadership, organizational commitment, school principal, teacher