Characteristics Of School Headmasters

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A STUDY OF THE LEADERSHIP BEHAVIOUR REPORTED BY SCHOOL HEADMASTERS AND ITS RELATION WITH THEIR EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE * P.T. Shanmuga Sundari, Research scholar, Alagappa University, Karaikudi. ** Dr.M.Vasimalairaja, Associate Professor in Education, Department of Education, [DDE],AlagappaUniversity, Karaikudi.

Of the many factors that influence the school effectiveness, the abilities of the headmaster occupy a special place and their interventions counts in school improvement efforts. The professional character of the headmasters can be seen reflected in their teachers, students and even in the society. They should possess certain skills to influence and motivate others. The purpose of the study is to find out the relationship between the leadership behaviour and emotional intelligence of school headmasters. The population of the study comprised of school headmasters working in Government, Aided and Matriculation schools in Sivagangai district. The
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The headmaster is regarded as a visionary figure for his subordinates, teachers and students. They lead, motivate, manage staffs and channelize their professional energy to create a productive and disciplined teaching learning environment. The character of a headmaster is tuned in a Chinese proverb as “The headmaster of a school is a leader who is physically fit, mentally sound, intellectually sharp, emotionally balanced and socially well adjusted”. Miller, (1995) remarks - The head teacher who articulates clear goals, holds high expectations of pupils and teachers and exercises strong educational leadership is instrumental to the school in achieving their goals. The leadership skill of the headmasters not only contributes to achieving the school goals but also helps to grow professionally leading to personal growth and

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