A leader who challenges the status quo must seek innovative ideas for improving the school and take risks despite the threat of failure (Kouzes & Posner, 2012). Challenging the status quo is necessary for positive change (Marzano, 2006). Humility and learning from one’s mistakes are essential characteristics of an effective principal. These traits are especially important when a responsible risk fails. A strong principal positively impacts all aspects of the school.
There are other characteristics that may help the principal be an effective leader:
- being flexible
- thinking on one’s feet
- listening genuinely to others ideas and feelings
- inspiring others to join the mission
- exhibiting trustworthiness
What other characteristics do you think are necessary for an effective principal?
—-Stephanie Scott http://effectivek12schools.com—-
Kouzes, J. M., and Posner, B. Z. (2012). The leadership challenge: How to make extraordinary things happen in organizations. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers. Available from http://www.amazon.com/Leadership-Challenge-Extraordinary-Things-Organizations/dp/0470651725/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345057723&sr=1-2&keywords=the+leadership+challenge
Marzano, R. (2006, April). What Works in Schools. Speech presented at School Improvement Conference Michigan Department of Education, Lansing, MI. Retrieved from http://michigan.gov/documents/What_Works_in_Schools_Marzano_cover__handouts_157021_7.pdf