Asia Pacific Education Review

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 37–47 | Cite as

A shift in Hong Kong principals ’ leadership conceptions

Regional and Comparative Studies


Schools in Hong Kong are now undergoing many educational reforms. With so many ideas and demanding tasks ahead, principals have been expected to bear the responsibility for implementing change. In 1991, the leadership of Hong Kong principals was described as “dictatorial” in a government document, which painted a bleak picture of the leadership being offered by Hong Kong principals at that time. However, this recent study showed that teachers perceived that principals as exerting some degree of transformational leadership in schools. All the eight dimensions of the leadership were above the mid-point on the rating scale. It seems that there is a shift in Hong Kong primary school principals leadership conceptions. This paper describes the extent to which teachers perceived their principal ’s to be exercising transformational leadership. Issues concerning principal development are discussed.


Transformational Leadership Education Department School Leadership Professional Growth Intellectual Stimulation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational Policy and AdministrationHong Kong Institute of EducationTai Po, New TerritoriesHong Kong

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