“The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” – General Colin Powell
Trusted school leaders, and the schools they lead, produce results. Perhaps you have heard the saying “Your actions are speaking so loud; I can’t hear what you’re saying!” The same holds true for schools if they are not producing students that authentically contribute to its mission and values. Those schools will not be trusted.
Families are drawn to schools with a reputation for successfully fulfilling their missions, authentically pursuing their visions, and doing so while holding to their core values. However, within every school there are many potential distractions, which can impede the successful fulfillment of its mission. Therefore, trusted school leaders contribute to the accomplishment of that mission by exercising discipline in protecting teachers from those potential distractions. In addition, trusted school leaders demonstrate Contribution through their direct involvement in the school’s essential functions (i.e. curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices). Their level of Contribution is also significantly marked in their ability as resource managers and providers.
In the coming weeks, I will be presenting the following key responsibilities of school leaders that support Contribution: (1) Discipline – Protecting Teachers from Distractions, (2) Involvement in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment – The Nuts and Bolts of School, and (3) Resources – Ensuring Others Can Do Their Work Well.
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