TEACHERS, LEADERSHIP STYLE AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF STUDENTS: STUDY OF SOME SELECTED SCHOOLS IN IHIALA

Agatha Ngozi Onu

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The study examined the impact of teacher’s leadership styles on the academic performance of secondary school students (a case study of selected schools in Ihiala L.G.A. of Anambra State). Three research questions guided the study. the study has a total population of 105 people which were randomly selected. A structured questionnaire was used for data collection. Mean statistics was used to analyze the research questions. The findings of the study show that teachers who make use of the Laissez-fare leadership style tend to fail in improving the academic performance of students because of their complacence in carrying out their duties. The study also found out that students find it difficult to express themselves in the class under the autocratic leadership style because of the teacher’s strictness. Based on the findings of the study, it was recommended that teachers should adopt the democratic leadership style because it allows for teacher-student interpersonal relationship which would lead to great increase in the academic performance of students. With Democratic leadership style, the students will be free to express themselves in the class, thus enable the teacher to identify the weak points of his/her students and improve on them.


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