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Old 04-12-2019, 04:03 AM
 
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Be visible. Our best principal greeted students as they came into the building and did a quick visit in each classroom every morning. He knew every student in our school by the third day. He knew which students needed some extra attention and made a point to spend some time with them. i.e. eat lunch with them, join in the kick ball game... Sadly our students don't know our current principal because she spends most of her time in the office. They rarely see her.

Be a leader-not a dictator. Acknowledge that your faculty/staff are educated people who can think, problem solve, and create by being open and willing to listen to their ideas. When you make decisions that directly affect your faculty/staff, give them opportunities to have input before the final decision is made. Too often the people in the ivory tower are too far removed from the classroom and don't anticipate how decisions affect the teachers and students. They think that if it looks good on paper, then it must be good. Faculty/staff can share from their perspective and can anticipate problems and come up with viable solutions that others who aren't in the trenches just can't.

Be careful about what could be perceived as having favorites. It is a fine line.

Know what is going on in your school.

Be honest. If you can't do something or don't know an answer, say it. It doesn't mean you are weak. Your faculty and staff needs to trust you.

It doesn't hurt to acknowledge your faculty and staff when you see how hard they are working. Drop an encouraging note in the person's mailbox or send an e-mail.

Don't come in and change everything. Find out what works and what doesn't work-keeping in mind that your way or idea might not be the only way.
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