The Relationship between Leadership Style, Job Stress and Coping Strategies

By Chan Yuen Fook and Gurnam Kaur Sidhu.

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This study examined the relationships between school head’s leadership style and practices with the teachers’ coping style on job stress. The respondents of the study were limited to elementary school teachers, heads of panels and senior assistants. The study was also confined to public elementary schools in seven states in Malaysia namely Selangor, Kelantan, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Johor, Negeri Sembilan and Terengganu. The research instrument involved the employment of a survey questionnaire. A total of 391 teachers were asked to answer a questionnaire measuring their perceptions of job stress, coping style, and dimensions of their school head’s leadership style. The findings revealed some significant correlations between measures of leadership style and scores on the job stress scale. This paper recognizes the effective leadership style of school heads and the relationship with job stress and coping strategies of elementary school teachers in Malaysia.

Keywords: Leadership Style, Coping Style, Job Stress, School Teachers, Elementary, Schools

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp.115-132. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 680.612KB).

Dr. Chan Yuen Fook

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Chan Yuen Fook (PhD) is Associate Professor and and Research Coordinator of ACRULeT (Asian Centre for Research on University Learning and Teaching) at the Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor, MALAYSIA. Prior to this he was attached to the National Institute of Educational Management and Leadership, Ministry of Education, Malaysia. Dr. Chan has more than 20 years of experience in teaching and he has presented numerous papers at both national and international conferences. His written contributions have appeared in a number of journals and proceedings. His interests are in the field of Testing and Evaluation, Educational Management, ICT and Curriculum & Instruction.

Dr. Gurnam Kaur Sidhu

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Gurnam Kaur Sidhu (PhD) is Associate Professor and former Head of ACRULeT from 2004 - 2009 (Asian Centre for Research on University Learning and Teaching) at the Faculty of Education, University Technology MARA, Selangor, MALAYSIA. Prior to this, she was attached to the National Institute of Educational Management and Leadership and the Ministry of Education, Malaysia. With more than 25 years of experience in the field of education as a lecturer, practitioner and researcher, she is a member of numerous education committees and author of English Language Textbooks currently used in Malaysian schools. Her interests include TESL, Learner Autonomy, Educational Management and Life-Long Learning.

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