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An Open Letter to a Principal: 5 Leadership Strategies

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Started by Karen Spencer 25 Aug 2011 10:05am () Replies (3)

...or it could equally be to a school leader. This was recently published in Edutopia, and although it is addressed to leaders going back to school in the northern hemisphere, there is food for thought as we approach the second half of 2011, and start to look ahead to next year.

Do you agree with strategy 3?

What would you write in reply?


  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 21 Sep 2011 11:22am ()

    I agree with strategy 3, especially,

    As society evolves due to advances in technology, we as principals must ensure that instruction follows suit or we run the risk of our schools becoming irrelevant

    and if I was to reply in writing, I’d say "If society and education is changing, then we as leaders we need to be managers and agents of change."

    As Diane Lynes writes in Leaders Who Enable Change,

    A good leader needs to be able to envision, lead and champion change projects. Otherwise that envisioning just becomes a good idea that just stays a good idea. They need to be positive role models and display positive attitudes to change so that we feel safe to get on the bus with them.

    She continues to write in a bus analogy – about how good leaders needs to clearly articulate the destination (vision) and be clear about the pathway or journey (processes for success).

    Good leaders need to know how to lead learning and manage change as well as how to address the challenges on the way – such as resistance to change

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