This study was mainly aimed at investigation of teachersâ€™ and educational officialsâ€™ perceptions of leadership behaviors of department heads and stream officers. To that end, mixed research methodology, specifically mixed-methods sequential explanatory design, was employed. One hundred fifty faculties and twenty one educational officials were subjects of this study. The faculties were selected by employing a comprehensive sampling technique and educational officials were selected by using purposive sampling technique. For this study, data were collected by using questionnaires (LBDQ-XII) and in-depth interview. Generally, the results of the study indicated that (1) the teacherâ€™s perceptions of leadership behavior of the stream officers and department heads found to be more positive than the self assessments of the officials; (2) the relations-oriented leadership behaviors are more dominant leadership dimension than task-oriented leadership behaviors at Bonga CTE and (3) the major challenges of department and stream leadership are lack of leadership experience, affluence of daily routine tasks and inequitable incentives and motivations, lack of autonomy in department headsâ€™ and stream officersâ€™ leadership and poor decision making skills. Thus, the closing argument here is the leadership behaviors of educational officials at Bonga CTE is entangled in the multifactor work environment and perceptions. The overall recommendation of this study is that educational planners and leaders have to strive to practice team leadership that boosts both dimensions of leadership (consideration and initiation of structure).
Keywords: Leadership behavior, consideration, initiation of structure, department, stream