The Chinese Principal Leadership Capacities as Perceived by Master Teachers
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 4 No. 3 (2003): Vol-4-Issue-3-March-2003
The significance of the principal as the most important leader in a school cannot be minimized.
Principal leadership is a multi-faceted and complex phenomenon, which is considered to be an
important element in school functioning. Principal leadership unifies the vision of the entire school
community, designs or implements school improvement plans, provides a learning environment
consisting of collaborations, seeks partnerships with community stakeholders, and distributes various
types of resources for teaching and learning (Elmore 1999). Effective principal leadership is the key to
success in creating a vibrant and an innovative environment, and in achieving teaching and learning
excellence (Evans and Johnson 1990; Hallinger and Heck 1998; Miskel, Fevurly, and Stewart 1979).