A Conceptual Framework for Trust-building to Promote Teacher Leadership

Bryan S. Zugelder, B. Grant Hayes


This article proposes a conceptual framework for building trust between principals and teachers for the purpose of empowering teacher leaders within a school environment. While instructional leadership is the ultimate responsibility of the school principal, researchers have recognized they cannot perform alone. Therefore, it is necessary for principals to build trust with teachers. The concept of principal and teacher trust appears throughout educational leadership research; however, a clear conceptual framework which demonstrates a method for creating and ensuring trust can be used as a teaching tool in principal and teacher leadership preparation. Implications for research include testing and validating the framework, while investigating findings on its effectiveness.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/jet.v6i2.14530


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