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The destructive leadership of schools’ principals and its relation to teacher’s job satisfaction in Jordan

Aieman Ahmad Al-Omari

Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Educational Foundations and Administration, The Hashemite University Zarqa, Jordan.

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Aieman Ahmad Al-Omari

Article Number: IJEPRR.21.009  |   Pages: 62-73  |   Vol. 8 (2), April 2021   |   DOI:

 Received: February 25, 2021  Accepted: April 19, 2021  Published: April 23, 2021


Using destructive leadership and job satisfaction questionnaires, this study aimed to determine the destructive leadership of school principals and its relationship to teachers’ job satisfaction as perceived by teachers in Zarqa First Education Directorate-Jordan. The study included 465 teachers who worked in public schools, and their gender, education, and teaching experience were all recorded. All dimensions of destructive leadership were low, while all dimensions of teacher job satisfaction were moderate to high. There are no significant differences in teachers’ perceptions of destructive leadership of school principals based on gender, education, or teaching experience. In terms of teacher job satisfaction, there were significant differences between male and female teachers in favour of female teachers, significant differences between teacher education in favour of graduate education, and significant differences among the three groups of teaching experience in teaching experience, with teachers with 1-5 years of teaching experience having more job satisfaction than teachers with more than 5 years of teaching experience. There is no significant relationship between five dimensions of destructive leadership in school principals and nine dimensions of job satisfaction in teachers. Training sessions for teachers and principals, as well as additional research, are required in Jordan’s various educational districts and schools.


Destructive leadership, job satisfaction, principals, teachers, Jordan.

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