Education Quarterly Reviews

ISSN 2621-5799

Published: 30 June 2019

Path-Goal Theory and the Application in Educational Management and Leadership

Abdulrasheed Olowoselu, Mua’azam bin Mohamad, Shorouk Mohamed Farag Mohamed Aboudahr

Modibbo Adama University of Technology (Nigeria), Universiti Utara Malaysia (Malaysia)

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Pages: 448-455

Keywords: Achievement Oriented, Directive, Leadership, Path-Goal Theory, Participative


This study focuses on Path-Goal theory and application in educational management and leadership, which is categorized under contingency approach of leadership. The theory proposed that the behaviour of leaders' can be exercised through different approaches, times, and situations by the same leader. The purpose of this paper is to highlight path-goal leadership theory. An important aspect of this paper hinges on the application of path-goal theory in an educational institution using leadership approaches in terms of supportive, directive, achievement-oriented, and participative behaviour on subordinate in achieving task completion. It is concluded that education leaders should put in use the path-goal leadership approaches in their daily dealings with their subordinate in their various educational institution.


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