Academic Leadership: The Online Journal


Decision-making is a key responsibility of all school administrators. While some single handedly take decisions, others consult with their subordinates before taking decisions, yet some others involve subordinates and they both take decisions collectively. This latter phenomenon has been aptly described as participative or collective decision making. One other major concern of educational administrators has been how to motivate, ensure a feeling of job satisfaction and engender high morale in their teachers and other subordinates. This is because it is assumed that motivated, satisfied teachers with high morale are likely to be more committed to their duties and also be more productive in their work. Decision making style can be used to bring about these much desired increased production related factors. The theoretical literature and research is replete with findings about teacher participation in decision-making and from which a number of propositions can be deduced.