The Key to School Leadership: The Principal
Researchers continue to conduct studies to identify the key characteristics found in the principals who are leaders of successful schools. For example, in our first article, The School Principal as Leader: Guiding Schools to Better Teaching and Learning (The Wallace Foundation, 2013), the authors discuss the importance of vision, creating a hospitable climate, cultivating leadership, improving instruction, and managing people. Meadorâ€™s (2013) article identifies leadership, people skills, balancing â€œtough loveâ€ and earned praise, being fair and consistent, being well organized and well prepared, possessing excellent listening skills, and retaining a sense of vision.
As you can see, the two authors seem to have identified some similar and somewhat different characteristics in determining what makes a principal successful. In addition, after you have watched the brief videos from Great School Leadership in Action (The Wallace Foundation, 2013) , you may have more ideas on what it takes to be an effective leader.
List your six selected characteristics and in two to three paragraphs, address the following:
- From the characteristics identified in the articles and from the video, select the six you believe are the most important. Explain why you selected them?
- Which of these would have the greatest effect on school improvement?
- Think back to our discussion in Week 1. How do the six characteristics you selected align with Ron Edmondâ€™s work on Effective Schools? Would Edmonds also find your choices to be essential in the leadership of effective schools?
Reference from Week 1 Discussion for this assignment
Edmonds, R. (1979, October). Effective schools for the urban poor. Educational Leadership. Retrieved from http://www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/journals/ed_lead/el_1…
Support your statements with evidence from the required studies and your research. Cite and reference your sources in APA style.
Meador, D. (2016). Seven characteristics of a principal. Retrieved from http://teaching.about.com/od/admin/a/Characteristi…
The Wallace Foundation. (2013b). The school principal as leader: Guiding schools to better teaching and learning. Retrieved from http://www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/…
The Wallace Foundation. (2013c, April). Video: great school leadership in action [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHcKHlOu00n…