Principals have been called
upon to utilize their personal leadership resources in Jamaican schools during the
novel Corona Virus pandemic. This crisis has forced a radical shift in the landscape
of school leadership and management not only in Jamaica but globally. The purpose
of this descriptive quantitative study was to ascertain the impact of Covid-19 on
principals’ level of compassion and care, openness and communication, adaptiveness,
resilience and courage, consultation and collaboration, empowerment, and decisiveness.
Additionally, it sought to assess whether there were differences in these leadership
attributes based on school level, region, and gender. A
24-item questionnaire developed and validated by Balasubramanian and Fernandes
(2022) and achieved an overall Cronbach Alpha of .84 was used to collect data. The
sample included 50 principals and vice principals selected conveniently from the
7 regions 18 completed and returned the questionnaire, 15 females and 3 males. The
data were coded and imported into the SPSS, version 27, and were screened, cleaned,
and analyzed using weighted means and standard deviations and MANOVA. The mean ranges
for interpretation include: 1.00 – 2.33 = Low Attribute; 2.34 – 3.67 = Moderate
Attribute and 3.68 – 5.00 = High Attribute. The results showed that the principal
participants scored high on leadership attributes. These findings hold critical and practical lessons for handling future crises.
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