How to Become a Successful School Principal

How to Become a Successful School Principal
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    You didn't spend all those years clawing your way up the academic career ladder just to put in a sub-par performance as a school principal.


If you want to reach your full professional potential, you have to work hard on a daily basis, you have to dedicate 100% of your time and effort to your craft, and you have to constantly be on the lookout for new ways to take your educational institution to the next level.

To find out what you must do to become a successful school principal, be sure to read on.

Invest in your teachers

You might be the captain of your ship, but that doesn’t mean that you should attempt to steer it alone. If you want to take your school to the next level, you need to ensure that all of your teachers are performing at their peak potential on a daily basis.

Anything less, and your school will never stand a chance of reaching elite status… and you won’t stand a chance of maximizing your potential and reputation as a principle either.

The best thing that you can do to improve the long-term performance of your teachers is to invest in them. Put some money aside each year and then spend it on teacher training courses and coaching sessions.

The training that your teachers receive in this instance will help them to remain abreast of all the latest academic practices. In turn, this will help them to provide their pupils with lessons that actively engage and intrigue them.

Training won’t just affect your teachers’ day-to-day performances in the classroom. It will also have a profound impact on the passion that they have for their work, which will ultimately help you to cut down on the amount of staff turnover that you have to deal with.

How can coaching improve teacher retention? Continued professional development will force your teachers to be in a constant state of learning. Ultimately, this will push them to constantly better themselves, and it will provide them with the motivation they need to reach the top of their chosen career ladders.

Learn to delegate effectively

"The first rule of management is delegation. Don’t try and do everything yourself because you can’t." — Anthea Turner

Your school is not a one-man-band. If you want to ensure that your students are receiving the best possible education, your entire workforce needs to be pulling in the same direction, and you need to be the one guiding your teachers in the right direction.

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Be the leader they need you to be and learn to delegate tasks to them in an effective and targeted manner. This will keep everybody in line with regard to the individual challenges that they face on a daily basis, and it will make sure that everybody understands what specific role they have to play in the grander scheme of things.

Here are just a few of the benefits that you will stand to reap once you become proficient at delegation:

  1. Less bottleneck
  2. Continuity of process
  3. Cost-effectiveness
  4. Leadership pipeline
  5. Distributed leadership

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