The Effective Headteacher
The central importance of the headteacher is not only one of the most consistent findings of research but it is also a finding that has been supported repeatedly by committees of enquiry. The headteacher of a British primary school does after all possess more legal authority to direct the labour of others, both staff and children, than almost any other holder of a public office. However, no head is likely to be successful in running an effective school if he or she relies primarily upon that legal authority. What every head is aiming to do is to secure that 'influential increment', to harness people's energies and enthusiasms to the purposes of the school, to get staff to 'go the extra mile'. The human relations school studied the characteristics of the work group and found that such qualities as their 'viscidity' and 'hedonic tone' were important.