Navigating Change: The Role of Strategic Leadership in Driving Innovative Solution in Educational System


  • Zahida Maqbool The university of Faislabad
  • Shazia Humayun The University of Faislabad



Strategic Leadership, Innovation Performance, Service Innovation, Upper Echelon Theory


Purpose - The purpose of this study is to empirically examine the role of strategic leadership and management qualities in predicting innovative performance in Pakistan's higher education institutions.

Study Design/Methodology/Approach - We gathered the information for this research by surveying faculty from various educational institutions. The data has been collected through a proportional stratified sampling procedure. There were 337 respondents to the survey. Data analysis is performed using SPSS and Smart PLS.

Findings- Through direct and indirect route estimations, the findings confirmed the positive and strong association between strategic leadership and innovation performance. The findings also show that the innovative performance of Pakistan's educational institutions directly contributes to their long-term success.

Practical Implications- The innovative performance of higher education is intimately linked to the innovation of the educational institutions' faculty, students, and facilities.

Originality/Novelty- The research offers a more comprehensive understanding that strategic leadership leads to innovative performance via service innovation as a mediator. Drawing on upper echelon theory the research posits the role of strategic leader that streamlines their organization through innovative performance.