This comprehensive resource examines lessons from the private sector, provides case studies of "star" principals, and offers reflection questions for more effective application of leadership principles.

First, Build Relationships

First, build relationships

No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you.

—Althea Gibson, athlete and author (1927–2003)

In the private sector, where making a profit is the goal, leaders are not normally required to exert extraordinary effort building relationships because they usually have the luxury of “getting the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats.” Unfortunately, public education leaders usually do not have that luxury and must often work with a staff that they did not personally select. Student learning is the goal and people are the mechanisms for producing and sustaining student achievement. For this reason, a key prescription for principal leadership is the ability to work with people and ...

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