Education Doctorate

Year Approved


First Advisor

Lindstrom, Michael


Leadership has become one of the topical issues in all facets of our growing but complex world. This is because everything rises and falls on leadership whether in a country, corporate world, educational institutions, religious organizations, or social gatherings. There is unprecedented interest in the question of how educational leaders influence a range of student outcomes. School leaders’ responsibilities have moved away from being a commanding and desk officer to establishing goals, planning, coordinating, managing resources, evaluating teaching and curriculum development, promoting and participating in teachers’ learning and development, and ensuring an orderly and supportive learning environment (Robinson, Lloyd, & Rowe, 2008). This qualitative research is influenced by the recent challenge being faced by many secondary school graduates in Nigeria. The increased failure of secondary school graduates cannot be attributed only to the lack of infrastructure in the Nigerian secondary schools. An understanding of how schools perform when faced with multiple deprivations is essential to gain new insight into leadership practices (Mbokazi, 2015). A school leader’s role has become increasingly complex as the nature of our society, including political expectations and schools, has changed (Valentine & Prater, 2011). School leaders in Nigeria, especially at the low-achieving schools, must rise to the occasion and be more creative in achieving the desired result. It was clear that state government will not be able to provide all the funding and infrastructure for the smooth running of the schools, but contemporary school leaders should be innovative and forward-looking in helping students achieve the primary goal of coming to the school. The findings in this research were in agreement with Hallinger and Heck (1998) that the school principals are where the action is in achieving the school goals. This study examined various literature, including the systematic review of key leadership practices, leadership dimensions, and the impact of transformational leadership.

Degree Name

Education Doctorate

Document Type

Doctoral dissertation

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