Spiritual Leaders for Building Trust in the School Context

Ragip TERZI1, Ahmet GOCEN2, Ahmet KAYA3
1Harran University, TURKEY
2Harran University, TURKEY
3Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam University, TURKEY
DOI: 10.14689/ejer.2020.86.7


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to analyze the impact of spiritual leadership on organizational trust and examine the relationship between both concepts. Research

Method: A multiple regression analysis was carried out using the data collected through spiritual leadership and organizational trust scales from 343 teachers.

Findings: The result of the study revealed that the dimensions of spiritual leadership have varying relationships with organizational trust, which is significantly predicted by altruistic love, hope/faith, and organizational commitment.

Implications for Research and Practice: Leaders’ role in enabling trust is a priority as they mainly decide and lead the value system of the organizations. Leaders in school contexts fulfill key roles in sustaining and developing organizational trust as they establish and support core values and truly accept members in schools. Spirituality is one of the concepts, which has been thought to have effects on trust in the organization.

Keywords: Organizational trust, spiritual leadership, schools, teachers, managers.