International Council for Education, Research and Training

Leadership Styles and Public Senior Secondary School Teachers’ Job Engagement for Sustainable Development in Ibadan Metropolis, Oyo State

1 Bakare, Eunice B.

Graduate Student, Educational Management

2 Oredein, Afolakemi Olasumbo

Professor, Educational Management

1&2Department of Educational Management, Faculty of Arts & Education, Lead City University, Oyo State, Nigeria


Leadership does not only define an organisation’s successes and failures but also is important in sustaining teachers’ job engagement. The study investigates leadership styles and public senior secondary school teachers’ job engagement in Ibadan Metropolis, Oyo State. A descriptive research design was adopted. The population of the study consists of 1396 teachers and 143 principals in the 11 sampled local governments. The multi-stage sampling procedure was used, a sample size of 715 respondents was sampled of which questionnaires were administered and 600 (80%) of the sampled population were retrieved and used for analysis. Self-designed questionnaires with a reliability coefficient of r= 0.896 was used for data collection. Two research questions and one hypothesis were used to guide the study. Results of the findings show a high level of teachers’ job engagement, X = 3.56. The leadership style most utilised was digital leadership frequency 97 (principals’ perspectives) and Laissez-faire frequency 227 (teachers’ perspectives). The hypothesis raised shows a significant relationship between principals’ leadership styles and public senior secondary school teachers’ job engagement r= 0.934. The study concluded that leadership styles utilised by school principals influenced teachers’ job engagement. Hence, principals in public senior secondary schools in Ibadan should adopt digital leadership which encourages teachers’ job engagement as this style of leading is a blend of others’ leadership styles. 

Keywords: Leadership styles, Public Senior School, Principals/ Teachers, Job Engagement

Impact Statement

Teachers play a critical role in shaping the future of the society by educating and inspiring the next generation. Teacher job engagement to work is of paramount importance. The impact of high teacher job engagement extends far beyond the confines of the classroom, influencing students, and, and communities in numerous ways. When a teacher is highly engaged in his/her work, students benefit immensely. Engaged teachers can be passionate about the subject being taught, creating an infectious enthusiasm that ignites a love of learning in the students. Such teachers go above and beyond to design engaging lessons or classes, tailor instruction to meet needs of the students, and foster a positive learning environment. As a result, students become more motivated, actively participate in the class, and achieve higher academic success.

About The Author

Bakare, Eunice B. has just rounded off her Master degree programme in Educational Management, Faculty of Education, Lead City University, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, after her Postgraduate Degree in Education at the same university. Her zeal and passion for knowledge made her bagged both First and Master’s degree in Engineering. Her desire to contribute to knowledge led her to continue researching and publishing her findings in reputable seasoned articles in learned journals, attending conferences on various topics in the field of Educational Management, shaping perspectives, and establishing contacts with other researchers and specialists from around the world.


Professor Afolakemi Olasumbo Oredein is a Professor in the Faculty of Arts & Education, Lead City University, Ibadan, Nigeria, and is currently the Provost of Postgraduate College. Her area of specialization is Educational Management (Leadership) and Statistics. She is a chartered member of the Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (IPMN), International Council for Education Research and Training (ICERT), and Kappa Delta Pi (KDP Nigeria Chapter). Also, she is a member of the following organisations; Higher Education in & Policy Network (HERPNET), Global Education Network (GEN), World Education Research Association (WERA), Nigerian Association of Educational and Planning and Administration (NAEAP), mention a few. Prof. Oredein is the Editor-in-Chief of some journals like; African Higher Education Review (AHER)  an online International Journal, and the Journal of Capital Development in Behavioural Sciences (JOCADEBS). She has published widely, attended, and presented papers at local and international academic conferences. She presented her Inaugural Lecture on Good Leadership for National Development: The Inevitable Fraternal Twins and Irresistible Skills as Matters Arising’ September 2016. She is from Ogun State, Nigeria; married to Rev’dOpeOluwaOredein and blessed with children. Visit her on; ;;

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