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Influence: a key to successful leadership

Wayne K. Hoy (School of Educational Policy and Leadership, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA)
Page A. Smith (College of Education and Human Development, The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, USA)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 27 February 2007

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this article is to examine and condense the literature on influence and persuasion.

Design/methodology/approach

The article identifies basic principles of influence in the theoretical and research literature, which are supported by empirical study.

Findings

Ten principles of influence were identified, empirical support for each was given, and implications for educational leaders were discussed. In brief, ten basic strategies for educational leaders are proposed to persuade and influence students, teachers, and parents – ten principles of influence.

Practical limitations

The propositions identified are a beginning not an end, and caution must be used to prevent the unethical use of each principle.

Originality/value

This study refines Cialdini's six principles of persuasion and add four more of our own to round out ten basic strategies educational leaders can use to persuade and influence students, teachers, and parents – ten principles of influence.

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Citation

Hoy, W.K. and Smith, P.A. (2007), "Influence: a key to successful leadership", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 21 No. 2, pp. 158-167. https://doi.org/10.1108/09513540710729944

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2007, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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