Leadership Effects on Teacher Morale

Stephanie Ann West, Grand Canyon University


This integrated reflection examines leadership effects on teacher morale. Leadership styles can have a positive or negative influence on the culture and climate of a classroom, school, or district. Hoyt and Price (2015) stated that leaders need to use their core values and keep in mind their relationships with those that follow them when making decisions that change or affect the organizational climate, culture, vision, and goals.  To be effective, leaders must merge their social roles within an organization, along with their ethical core values to build efficient and effective organizations that will be productive and prosperous within their given fields. By aligning these models, Schon’s (1983) Reflective Practitioner Model and Dewey’s (1909) Reflective Thinking Model, the integrated reflection of this paper will examine the role that leadership styles play in developing a positive school culture that builds up teacher and staff morale and where students of all ages are able to achieve and grow academically. This reflection will show how leadership styles, positive and negative, can affect one individual, how the leadership concepts learned as a doctoral student led me to become a better adjunct professor within the College of Education, and the leadership skills I gained that I plan to take with me as I move forward in my career as an educator and leader. 

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