Analysis of Leadership, Trust and Efficacy Within a Medium District's Middle School

There are positive links between principal leadership characteristics, levels of teacher efficacy, and trust. A group of middle school teachers from a rural district in southern California were surveyed. Responses from 24 teachers and one principal were analyzed to determine whether specific principal behaviors affected teacher efficacy as a group and by gender. Analyses examined the correlations between principal leadership characteristics, teacher efficacy, principal trust in teachers, teacher trust in the principal and teacher trust in each other. Findings suggest that the variables examined are significantly related and vary based on gender. Further studies with varying demographics of districts are recommended. This thesis was completed as a graduate requirement for the master’s in Educational Administration at California State University San Marcos.