August 8, 2008

What if principals acted like leaders?

A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops.
- General of the Armies John J. Pershing

Leaders encourage others to continue the quest and inspire others through courage and hope. Leaders give heart by visibly recognizing others' contributions to the common vision. With a thank you note, a smile, an award, and public praise, the leader lets others know how much they mean to the organization.
-Kouzes & Posner, The Leadership Challenge

The boss drives people; the leader coaches them. The boss depends on authority; the leader on good will. The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm. The boss says I; The leader says WE. The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown. The boss says, GO; the leader says Lets GO!
-H. Gordon Selfridge


JUSTICE not "just us" said...

In my 20 year tenure as a teacher for the Board of Education now known as the Departmant of Education I have never had a principal or assistent principal that showed any type of leadership skills in any of the dysfuntional schools I have worked in!

Chaz said...

Leadership and working well with staff is not on Tweed's list of what makes a principal. Instead it is following Tweed's orders, no matter how badly it affects the students.