The Virtue of School Leadership: Three Paths to Fulfilling Value Forms

Nai Ying Whang*

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This study discusses the fulfillment of value forms by examining the virtue of school leadership. The virtue of school leadership stresses character traits in leaders that focus on the pursuit of excellence, appear as a value form, comprise paths to fulfilling values, reinforce leaders’ positive motivation, and foster reform in schools. To investigate this phenomenon, a qualitative method was adopted to interview 18 leaders from schools in northern Taiwan. The analysis of the findings suggests that staff who exhibit the virtue of school leadership focus on leading by example, satisfying others, surmounting failures, and adhering to ideals, which involve three paths to fulfilling value forms.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSAGE Open
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • fulfillment of value forms
  • junior high school
  • qualitative study
  • the virtue of school leadership
  • three paths

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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