Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Ali AI Kaabi

Second Advisor

Dr. AIi Ibrahim

Third Advisor

Dr. Shaikah A1 Taniji


This study aimed at identifying the characteristics of effective female school leaders’ from teachers’ perspectives. The objectives of this study are three as follows: a) surveying the literature on the characteristics of effective school leaders, b) examining the reality of what extend the school leaders are effective, and c) finding other characteristics in which school leaders in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi schools can develop their effectiveness at schools. The research employed a quantitative analysis to answer the research questions. The results of this study indicated that teachers’ perception towards their principal is positive. Teachers in the Abu Dhabi and al Ain regardless of their years of experience and their degrees provided positive responses towards their female cycle one leaders. This study has some recommendations for leadership practices in the school and future studies and research. It has recommendation on giving a strong voice to school leaders of cycle one schools to participate in the crucial decisions related to the schools in Abu Dhabi Emirate.