Principal's abusive leadership and teachers' intrinsic and extrinsic motivations: the moderating roles of duration of relationship and group size

Tahani Hassan, Izhak Berkovich

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Abstract

Purpose: This study investigated the relationship between principals' abusive leadership and teachers' intrinsic and extrinsic motivations, exploring the potential moderating effects of the duration of the relationship and group size within educational settings. Design/methodology/approach: Data were collected from a sample of teachers in Bahrain, using self-report measures. The data were analyzed using regression analyses. Findings: The findings reveal a significant negative relationship between principals' abusive leadership and teachers' intrinsic and extrinsic motivations. The results also show that the duration of the relationship moderates the correlation between abusive leadership and teachers' extrinsic motivation, with teachers who have been in longer relationships with their principals showing greater resistance to the detrimental effects of abusive leadership on their extrinsic motivation. Group size was found to moderate this correlation, with larger groups exhibiting stronger buffering against the negative effect of abusive leadership. Originality/value: The findings provide valuable insights into the dynamics of abusive leadership in educational settings and the potential moderating factors that can help alleviate its detrimental effects on teachers' motivations.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Management
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

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Keywords

  • Abusive leadership
  • Duration of relationship
  • Extrinsic motivation
  • Group size
  • Intrinsic motivation
  • Principals
  • Teachers

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