Headteachers' Transformational Leadership and its Influence on Academic Performance: A Case of Public Secondary Schools in Uganda

  • David Sengendo, PhD Uganda Christian University
  • Wilson Eduan, PhD Uganda Christian University
Keywords: Transformational Leadership, Public Secondary Schools, Academic Performance
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Leadership style is an important aspect of students' academic performance in schools. Transformational leadership style is associated with students' academic achievement in Uganda's public secondary schools. The aim of this paper was to examine the influence of transformational leadership attributes on academic performance in public secondary schools in Uganda. Specifically, the study investigated the influence of transformational leadership attributes on academic performance at UCE and UACE in public secondary schools. The research was underpinned by the transformational leadership theory pioneered by James McGregor Burns and supported by Bass. The study was anchored on the positivism philosophy and guided by a correlation survey design with a quantitative research method. A multi-stage sampling technique was used to select 163 public secondary schools from a total sample of 253 public secondary schools, registered with the Ministry of Education and Sports in Uganda's central region. Primary data was collected using structured questionnaires. Data was analysed through descriptive and inferential statistics. Hypothesis testing was done at 5% significance level using the multiple linear regression model. The study established that transformational leadership is a significant predictor of academic performance both at Uganda Certificate Education (Ordinary level) and Uganda Advanced Certificate Education (Advanced level) through idealised influence, intellectual stimulation, individualised consideration, and the control variables. The study concludes that transformational leadership has a significant influence on academic performance. The study recommends that policymakers and strategists in Uganda's Education Ministry should closely monitor the school's alignment with the transformational leadership practices of head teachers for sustainable academic performance in public secondary schools


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22 January, 2024
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Sengendo, D., & Eduan, W. (2024). Headteachers’ Transformational Leadership and its Influence on Academic Performance: A Case of Public Secondary Schools in Uganda. East African Journal of Education Studies, 7(1), 61-76. https://doi.org/10.37284/eajes.7.1.1705