Principal Influence: A Catalyst for Positive School Climate


  • Page A. Smith University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Patty Escobedo Southwest Independent School District
  • Wowek Sean Kearney Texas A&M University-San Antonio



principal influence, organizational climate


This investigation explores the relationships between principal influence and four facets of organizational climate: institutional vulnerability, collegial leadership, achievement press, and professional teacher behavior. Data were collected from 2,033 teachers at 112 elementary schools in two states from the Southern and Midwestern United States. The results of multiple linear regression analyses show that the independent variables of principal influence, SES, and school size combined
to form a significant portion of the variance in organizational climate. The four facets of organizational climate explored in this study provide insight into specific mechanisms through which influential principals can positively affect schools.

Author Biographies

Page A. Smith, University of Texas at San Antonio


Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Patty Escobedo, Southwest Independent School District

Director of Pupil Services

Wowek Sean Kearney, Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Associate Professor

Department of Educator and Leadership Preparation




How to Cite

Smith, P. A., Escobedo, P., & Kearney, W. S. (2020). Principal Influence: A Catalyst for Positive School Climate. International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership, 16(5).

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