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Conversations With Principals: Issues, Values, and Politics is a unique compilation of interviews with principals at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels. Unlike any other text in Educational Administration, this book allows students the unusual opportunity to experience the inner voice of principals as they discuss the many decisions they make and the multitude of people they must engage.

Social Exchange and Power: The Balancer
Social exchange and power: The balancer

Social interactions between members of a school organization are extremely important in determining the school atmosphere. What transpires between an administrator and her personnel affects all decisions. This exchange is constantly shifting and rebalancing in order to maintain these relationships. Another way of looking at this is in terms of power and authority. Through her relationships with her faculty and parent groups, the principal attempts to create an ethos at her school to allow teachers to feel comfortable, supported, and active members of the school community.

Themes addressed in this chapter:

  • Creating an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect
  • Fostering an atmosphere of professionalism and growth
  • Maintaining balance and equilibrium among school members
  • Generating leadership definition and vision
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