Decision Making And Conflict Resolution

1439 Words Nov 30th, 2015 6 Pages
There is no more challenging, nor rewarding job, than being a Catholic school principal. It can also be difficult at times, especially when students cross the line of good behavior, or even worse, when a parent crosses that line. During these first several years as principal, I have had the privilege of overseeing the faith formation and academic development of a wonderful group of young men and women. I have learned as much from them as I hope they have learned from me, and I am honored that God has called me to serve Him in this way.
During the course of this paper, I will share with you my vision of the role of principal. To do this, we will examine theories on leadership, organization and motivation. We will discuss instituting change, creating a process for decision-making and conflict resolution. Most importantly, we will consider ways to integrate Catholicism and spirituality into our roles as principals. Throughout this paper, I hope you find something you can use, and modify, to fit your needs.
Leadership Theories
Leadership is an awesome responsibility. It is also exhausting, and rewarding, and above all else, a privilege. Individuals who want to be principals take classes, participate in internships, acquire a certain skill set and develop certain abilities, all in the hope of being an effective leader, and a good principal.
Effective leaders exhibit what Kouzes and Posner describe as “The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership.” These practices include…
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