The present study examines the relationship between the style of solving conflict situations and demonstration of harmony in work and compatibility in cooperation depending on individual psychological characteristics of secondary school principals in Latvia.
Educational process involves both direct and indirect verbal and non-verbal interaction between principals and teachers. The peculiarities of this interaction influence successful team cooperation and sustainable school work.
The study is based on Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI), N.Obozov method “Harmony in work and Compatibility of teaching staff” and Eysenck Personality Inventory (EPI).
The main results indicate that there is a statistically significant correlation between individual psychological characteristics of secondary school principal’s personality and style of solving conflict situations. The tactics of solving conflict situations demonstrate sustainable indicators of reaction: introverts choose “avoiding” style, while extraverts—“competing”. The study has discovered positive statistically significant correlation between compatibility and the following styles of solving conflict situations: “collaborating”, “compromising” and “accommodating”.
Harmony in work and compatibility in cooperation is assessed as weak among introverts, and as satisfactory among extraverts. The study has not discovered any statistically significant differences between demonstration of harmony in work and individual psychological characteristics of principals’ personalities.
The study offers a possibility to forecast school principal’s behaviour in conflict situations. The overall results can be applied to improve professional selection of managerial personnel in the system of education in Latvia.
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|Keywords:||Compatibility, Extraversion/Introversion, Harmony in Work, Style of Solving Conflict Situations|
Docent, The Department of Pedagogy and Educational Psychology, Daugavpils University, Daugavpils, Latvia
Docent, Department of Pedagogy and Educational Psychology, Daugavpils University, Daugavpils, Latvia
Lecturer, Lärkkulla Folk Academy, Karis, Finland