Improving leadership capacity by valuing the self and reprioritising the self's subjective well-being: principals need their oxygen mask

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Carter, Susan. 2013. "Improving leadership capacity by valuing the self and reprioritising the self's subjective well-being: principals need their oxygen mask." 7th SELF Biennial International Conference and ERAS Conference: Self Concept, Motivation and Identity: Underpinning Success with Research and Practice. Singapore 09 - 11 Sep 2013 Singapore.
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Improving leadership capacity by valuing the self and reprioritising the self's subjective well-being: principals need their oxygen mask

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AuthorCarter, Susan
Journal or Proceedings Title7th SELF Biennial International Conference and ERAS Conference
Number of Pages22
Year2013
Place of PublicationSingapore
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.eras.org.sg
Conference/Event7th SELF Biennial International Conference and ERAS Conference: Self Concept, Motivation and Identity: Underpinning Success with Research and Practice
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7th SELF Biennial International Conference and ERAS Conference: Self Concept, Motivation and Identity: Underpinning Success with Research and Practice
Event Date
09 to end of 11 Sep 2013
Event Location
Singapore
Abstract

Should the cabin lose pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead area. Please place the mask over your own mouth and nose before assisting children or other adults' (A typical Pre-flight Safety message). Pondering these words gave me clarity as to the importance of Subjective Well-Being (SWB) for school leaders. These words parallel the concept of maintaining the self's own SWB before seeing to the needs of others, fitting the oxygen mask to yourself first to ensure functioning. The truth is that we can't help anyone else if we ourselves are having difficulty functioning. Many of us have somewhere been tutored to think that it is self-centred to firstly take care of ourselves or our needs. This assumption needs to be challenged. Is it not probable that if we do ensure that our SWB is maintained then we will then come from a position of strength to help those around us thereby increasing our capacity for leadership? The article proposes that the maintenance of school principals' SWB contributes to their leadership capacity. This qualitative case study, utilised An Interactive Model of Design (Maxwell, 2009). Eleven school principals participated in the study which had two phases of data gathering. The first phase consisted of 11 interviews each of 60 to 90 minutes duration. This paper reports findings in relation to the first phase of data gathering. Ten key enablers were identified by participants as contributing to the maintenance of their SWB. Participants also asserted that the maintenance of their SWB contributed to their increased leadership capacity. Principals' effectiveness is influenced by their Subjective Well-Being so enhancing enablers to Subjective Well-Being is a worthy cause.

Keywordsschool principal; subjective well-being; effective leadership
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520102. Educational psychology
529999. Other psychology not elsewhere classified
390403. Educational administration, management and leadership
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© Copyright 2013 Educational Research Association of Singapore.

Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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