Be the leader your school community needs The responsibilities of school leaders are increasingly complex. In this book, you will find a problem-solving model to help you think through morally complex situations. These steps will enable you to arrive at innovative solutions that are ethical, logical, culturally sensitive, and in the best interests of students. Packed with real-life vignettes, mental exercises, reflections, checklists, and other templates, these strategies will help you • Understand how ethical standards and core values drive your leadership choices • Approach problems through a lens of equity and care for the students entrusted to you • Recognize when urgent action is called for and when it’s better to slow down in order to thoroughly consider your actions and the potential consequences of those actions As a leader, you face difficult challenges every day. This book will help ensure that the decisions you make are right for your students–and for the whole community.
Examine Your Community’s Values
As we learned in Chapter 1, a chief responsibility of any school principal is to lead others by modeling your core values. Being aware of your Ethical Line will provide you with the perspective you will need to effectively manage the challenging complexities of today’s schools. Chapter 2 connects your understanding of your Ethical Line to how your school community perceives your leadership and how you, in turn, understand and honor the values of your community. Part of examining the values of your community is making a concerted effort to listen more than you talk (Strategy #3), build school climates where people feel valued and respected (Strategy #4), reaching out to create partnerships among community members (Strategy ...