This study compared the leadership styles of principals dominating in both public and private secondary schools in the COVID-19 era in the Ido Local Government Area of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. A descriptive research design was adopted. The population of the study consisted of 26 public secondary schools and 97 registered private secondary schools. The total population of teachers in the study was 1194. Using the Taro Yamane formula, a sample size of 306 respondents was sampled of which questionnaires were administered and 305 questionnaires were retrieved and used for analysis. A self-designed questionnaire that yielded reliability coefficients of r= 0.942, 0.911, 0.924 were used for data collection. A research question and two hypotheses were used to guide the study. The findings of the study showed a significant difference in the leadership style adopted by school principals of both school types with mean =92.5 and 1149, SD= 9.712 and 11.634, while (t = 0.719; df= 301, p <0.05). There is also a significant gender difference in the leadership style adopted by principals of both schools with mean =125.14 and 120.97, SD= 14.195 and 9.318 and (t= 2.909; df= 301; p< 0.05). The study concluded that principals in schools have been proactive to overcome all the challenges facing education in the COVID-19 Era. Therefore, it is recommended that; principals in public secondary schools be transformational and digital in the COVID-19 Era.