Crisis leadership: Leading schools in a global pandemic

Chen Schechter*, Rima’a Da’as, Mowafaq Qadach

*Corresponding author for this work

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The global Covid-19 outbreak has disrupted schooling worldwide. Remote and limited face-to-face school management during the pandemic brought to bear the numerous challenges facing schools and principals throughout the crisis, which, in turn, gave rise to changes in their leadership practices and roles. The professional literature needs conceptual and empirical frameworks concerning the challenges facing principals, their role perceptions, and their behaviors when coping with a health crisis such as the coronavirus pandemic. This paper draws on extant literature about school leadership during diverse crisis situations to advise principals facing the current pandemic. Eight guidelines for pandemic leadership are discussed, as well as practical and research implications.

Original languageAmerican English
JournalManagement in Education
StateAccepted/In press - 2022
Externally publishedYes

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  • crisis
  • global pandemic
  • leadership
  • principals


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