Important Aspects Of A Good School Leader

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Important Aspects of a Good School Leader Ronald Regan once said, “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” The word “leadership” can evoke a variety of mental images; the president of a nation, an army general, a CEO, school principal, or the captain of the football team. Leadership is about direction and influence (Leithwood). Chemers states that, “Leadership is the process of social influence where one person is able to enlist the help of others to reach a common goal” (Chemers, 1997, p. 1). Leadership is a relationship between the leader and his followers and their ability to adapt and influence in various environments and…show more content…
It should embody the shared values of the staff and community representatives. A leader must create a clear vision, communicate the vision, and commit to the vision. Bennis recommends that leaders, “Create a compelling vision, one that takes people to a new place, and then translate that vision into a reality” (p. 1) The vision must then be communicated to the interested party. Establishing strong lines of communication between stakeholders is critical in creating a shared vision for the school. When setting directions, a leader must also develop goals. Goals should be an extension of the school’s philosophy. “Setting goals is a fundamental component to long-term success” (Kumar, 2011). Locke and Latham’s research has shown strong correlations between goal setting and high-performing organizations. Locke found that ninety percent of the time, those specific and challenging goals led to higher performance. (Pavey, n.d). Involving staff, students, and community in the goal setting process instills ownership and builds morale. Each goal should build upon one another. The goals must be clear, concise, and understood. “Well-understood, well-advertised goals for schools and classrooms are absolutely essential” (Ubben, p. 31). The leader must also set high and measurable expectations for all students and educators. High
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