Correlates of E-Leadership among School Heads of the Schools Division of Cabanatuan in the New Normal
Keywords:communication skills, decision-making skills, e-leadership, information and technology skills, people handling skills, school heads
This study focused on school heads' e-leadership skills in the new normal. Descriptive correlational research method was employed in describing the school head-respondents' general characteristics and e-leadership skills such as information and technology skills, communication skills, people handling skills and decision-making skills. The respondents were school heads from public school of the Schools Division of Cabanatuan, who have been in their positions since the beginning of the pandemic. Respondents were selected using purposive sampling. The results of this study reveal that majority of school head-respondents are at the age of 49 and above, females, married, Principal I, have master’s degree with doctorate’s units, with more than 10 years of experience as school head, use different gadgets such as smartphone, laptop and desktop computer and different platforms such Facebook Messenger, Google Meet, Zoom and MS Teams in leading teachers during the early year of pandemic, and with 6 and above number of e-leadership related trainings attended within the last three years. The data show no significant correlation between the profile variables, specifically age and sex, civil status, rank or position, and years in service as a school head. However, bachelor’s degree, highest educational attainment, gadgets used, and the number of e-leadership related trainings attended were positively correlated with e-leadership of the respondents. As the data implied, the respondents’ e-leadership was not significantly differed when grouped according to socio-demographic profile of the school heads such as age, sex, civil status, occupational rank/position, bachelor’s degree, years in service as a school head, gadgets used, and platforms regularly used. However, the highest educational attainment and number of e-leadership trainings attended by the respondents were significantly differed. Overall, the results show that school heads have with very high level of competency in terms of their e-leadership skills.