The literature clearly identifies trust as a key component of successful schools.
- Schools where high levels of trust exist are 3 times more likely to yield positive student outcomes than schools where there are low levels of trust.
- Teacher to teacher trust is the predominant relationship that is correlated to student outcomes - where it is strong, the student performance outcomes are increased.
Literature on the Principal’s Role with Trust in Schools
When teachers trust their principal, they are also more likely to trust each other.
Principals willing to extend trust are more likely to be trusted in return.
“ Even where leaders work to build a common vision and foster acceptance of group goals, absent trust, these leaders do not inspire workers to go beyond the minimum requirements of their jobs.” Tschannen-Moran
- Principals with a high sense of self-efficacy are more likely to trust and empower the teachers in their school than those with a lower sense of self-efficacy.