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ERIC Number: EJ798949
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Harried Principals Aren't Helpful Principals
Connolly, Mike
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v73 n2 p50-52 Oct 2007
A harried leader is not a helpful leader. Schools need calm, well-balanced, helpful leaders as much as they need visionary ones. In fact, in this era of frenetic change in schools, principals should devote at least as much time to helping teachers be more focused and less frantic as they do to formulating new visions for the school or embarking on improvement initiatives. The good news is that a harried principal can choose to change. A principal begins by learning to better order, regulate, and control the pace of the school day. A principal who cannot do this cannot help others regulate and control theirs. This author of this article provides the following suggestions: (1) A principal should make a commitment to gain better control of his own schedule; (2) A principal must establish priorities; (3) A principal needs to plan what must be accomplished in big chunks: years, months, weeks; (4) A principal should work to develop patience and perseverance; and (5) A principal must develop strategies for dumping extra baggage that eats away at the time needed for pursuing priorities. If a principal wants to be a less harried, more helpful, more successful leader, it is necessary to first develop focus, patience, and perseverance, and then add balance, optimism, and enthusiasm.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
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