From the article: Seven Characteristics of a Principal
What makes someone a good principal? The answer depends on the person. We all have different experiences with a school principal. Some of them are as a student while other might be a teacher or other member of school personnel. Some experiences are likely good and some of them are likely bad. A principal can be very influential both directly and indirectly in a person's life. They build relationships with students who make poor decisions because they deal with them more often. How has a principal impacted your life? What did they do that makes you think they were a good principal? Share Your Story
A Good Principal
- I have been fortunate to have had good principals both as a student and as a teacher. There are many characteristics of a good principal, but to me, the six essential skills are demonstrated by the acronym LEADER: Listen - they actively listen to their staff, their students, and their community. Education - they have a background in education. Approachable - they can be approached no matter what the situation. Decisive - they are willing to make a decision, with all the facts, without hesitation (unless a circumstance calls for it). Enterprising - they are willing to try new things, tackle new challenges, and take necessary risks. Responsive - they communicate well with others.
- —Guest Chris in MA
A Good Principal is Approachable
- Approachable to teachers, parents and students. This creates a secure feeling among all. Must be ready to listen and share so that there is a sense of belonging and a strong bond is created. I love my students walking into my cabin asking simple questions, looking for guidance, how to write an essay for a competition, or a caption for a picture and feel satisfied when I spare a few minutes for them. It makes them feel that they are important to the institution and builds trust and confidence.
- —Guest Damayanthi Moses
- A good principal always take good care of his/her staff ,teachers and student's welfare. The happier they are normally will increase the productivity of the school. Sometimes, the slogan "the more you give, the more you get " does not apply to all people but for them " the more you get, the more you give". Although they are a small group or minority group in the school, they can inhibit or advance the speed of school progress and can influence others. So, the principals have to listen and try their best to improve the environment of workplace.
- —Guest Normahani