Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership (EdD)
Educational Leadership, Christian Leaders, Competency-based Leadership, Saudi Arabia, International Schools
Education | Educational Administration and Supervision | Educational Leadership
Jones, Ayanna Saran, "Leadership Competencies for Christian Directors at International Schools in Saudi Arabia" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3842.
As Christian leaders expand their influence into the Middle East, it is important for both leaders and institutions to know what competencies are essential for these leaders. Educational leadership in Saudi Arabia is under reformation as expats and nationals work in collaboration to lead international schools towards Vision 2030. To compile a list of essential competencies, this exploratory qualitative research explored which skills, behaviors, and knowledge were recommended by recruiters and Saudi principals for international directors. The exploratory research included interviews with three Saudi principals and three recruiters who shed light on the essential competencies for expatriate directors. Based on the data from the six interviews, the following competency-based themes were found: (a) previous experience; (b) communication skills; (c) teamwork and collaboration; (d) long-term planning; (e) problem-solving and decisionmaking skills; (f) school improvement and accreditation; (g) knowledge about education; and (h) culturally responsive.