This paper presents findings from a single site case study of a school in a rural part of Malaysia. Based on data collected through semi-structured interviews of the principal, teachers, students and parents, and observations, document scanning and field notes, the study attempts to identify the context under which the school operates, the core practices of the school principal and the enactment of these core practices. The data analysis was carried out through data reduction resulting in initial themes which were further refined several times until consensus was achieved. The themes were then discussed under the light of theories resulting in the final categories. The findings reveal that personal traits of the principal and her strength of building strong coalitions enabled her to successfully meet her contextual challenges. In conclusion, we argue that leadership practices are multidimensional and although successful principals draw from the similar repertoire of core practices, they enact these core practices in response to their own unique contexts to bring success. The findings would provide important insights for principals and future researchers who might be interested in conducting similar studies to enrich the successful school leadership literature from Malaysian context.
Case Study, Successful Principal, Malaysia, School Leadership, Successful School
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Noman, M., Hashim, R. A., & Shaik-Abdullah, S. (2017). Principal’s Coalition Building and Personal Traits Brings Success to a Struggling School in Malaysia. The Qualitative Report, 22(10), 2652-2672. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2017.2748
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