Time and again I’ve read that the best way to lead, is to lead by example. That is why as a school leader I intend to teach a class. I believe having a principal teach a class will help to inspire confidence in the school’s teachers. If the leader can truly relate to the teachers by being “in the trenches” alongside them, that can only help to facilitate a positive and trusting relationship.
When it comes to decision-making, I plan on asking a simple question: what is best when it comes to improving student achievement? When presented with a decision that needs to be made quickly, of course the leader should weigh the pros and cons of each option. But even more important is to analyze the options through the most important lens in a school: student achievement. Asking “what is the best thing to do here to help improve student achievement?” acts as Occam’s Razor, a tool that will help me quickly cut to the chase, and choose the option that best serves student learning.
My goal is to follow the Distributive Leadership strategy. Involving faculty in decision-making increases the faculty’s sense of ownership of the school. And as the sense of ownership increases, faculty will be more likely to care about results. They will become more motivated, and proactively work to achieve the goals of the school not because their principal told them to, but because they want to!
Be personable! Build relationships with all people on campus! When the leader makes an effort to smile and be friendly, not only does it contribute to a more positive culture on campus, but when a problem arises, there is a stronger foundation upon which that problem can be more easily resolved!