Principal Leadership:

Strategies for Leading Your People

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What is your one word to describe leadership?

Let's talk Philosophy and then Strategies

Famed college football coach Lou Holtz writes that “Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”

It Starts here.....

Your ATTITUDE your Teachers -- Facilitator or Teacher -- Defines the Teacher's Performance and YOUR Leadership

A facilitator by definition is “one that helps to bring about an outcome (as learning, productivity, or communication) by providing indirect or unobtrusive assistance, guidance, or supervision <the workshop's facilitator kept discussion flowing smoothly>.”

That is not our role as teachers at NCVPS! The key giveaways are the words “indirect” and “unobtrusive.” A teacher by definition is “one whose occupation is to instruct.” Instruction requires connection, a relationship, and decisions that positively impact student learning.

Think of these standards -- Instructional Leadership and Cultural Leadership

"The best thing about teaching is that it matters. The hardest thing about being a teacher is that it matters every day." Todd Whitaker

Do you believe this is true? Would your teachers believe it by your actions?

Isn't this true for Principals as well?

Just as research says student success is all about the relationship with the teacher........

"Although students have less time with teachers during high school, there is strong evidence that relationships with adults in these settings are among the most important predictors of success."

"Connection with teachers was a better predictor of many outcomes than was students’ sense of family connectedness. As with young students, the benefits of positive relationships with adults are not limited to social and emotional outcomes. Although both parental and teacher support are important in predicting students’ achievement, a recent study indicated that student-perceived teacher connection was the factor most closely associated with growth in achievement from 8th to 12th grade (Gregory & Weinstein, 2004)."

"Great teachers form strong relationships with their students and show that they care about them as people. Great teachers are warm, accessible, enthusiastic and caring. Teachers with these qualities are known to stay after school and make themselves available to students and parents who need them. They are involved in school-wide committees and activities, and they demonstrate a commitment to the school."

....... research says that the Principal Leader "remains the central force of leadership influence."

Manager or Leader?

A manager by definition is "a person who has control or direction of an institution, business, etc., or of a part, division, or phase of it."

A leader by definition is "a guiding or directing head, as of an army, movement, or political group."

Of course we know the standard of Managerial Leadership but perhaps we need to look more at the overall VISION of leadership.


"[T]he most effective principals focus on building a sense of school community, with the attendant characteristics. These include respect for every member of the school community; 'an upbeat, welcoming, solution-oriented, no-blame, professional

environment;' and efforts to involve staff and students in a variety of activities, many of them schoolwide."

"A central part of being a great leader is cultivating leadership in others."

"Effective leaders view data as a means not only to pinpoint problems but to understand their nature and causes."

"Principals play a major role in developing a 'professional community' of teachers who guide one another in improving instruction."

"A particularly noteworthy finding is the empirical link between school leadership and improved student achievement."

From THE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL AS LEADER: Guiding Schools to Better Teaching and Learning

Think of the Human Resource Leadership standard.

The student need for teacher relationships doesn't change just because the delivery is online!

The teacher need for strong principal relationships and leadership doesn't change just because the delivery is online!

This belief changed everything for NCVPS.

The same need for relationships is TRUE for all teachers and leaders.

Strategies for Leadership -- You Got to OWN IT

"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." Peter F. Drucker

Taken from 8 Principal Leadership thoughts

1. Building principals can’t invite ‘collaboration’ to happen; they must require collaboration to happen.

2. If you want to establish and sustain a collaborative culture in your building, you have to confront behaviors that aren’t collaborative.

3. Everyone from the cooks to the students know who works in the building and who doesn’t; the question is, what are you as the building leader going to do about it?

4. If you don’t get to the root of someone’s belief system and make it personal, you will never get someone to make sustainable change.

5. Administrators shouldn’t make it a secret and a mystery when it comes to their beliefs and thoughts on education.

6. Don’t try and change someone’s attitude; focus on changing the behavior through expectations.

7. Relationships trump everything, because when you have to confront someone, you are going to have to make a withdrawal from the social/emotional bank account.

8. The culture in your building needs to shift from these are ‘your’ kids to ‘my kids’ to ‘our kids.’

Think Micropolitical Leadership and Achievement Achievement Leadership.

Strategies for Leadership -- Your Attitude Matters

"Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another." John C. Maxwell

Taken from: The Seven Verbs of Teacher Leadership

By Wendi Pillars

Leadership Verb 1: INVITE

Leadership Verb 2: Take Risks

Leadership Verb 3: Grow

Leadership Verb 4: Act

Leadership Verb 5: FAIL

Leadership Verb 6: Catalyze

Leadership Verb 7: Respect

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Strategies for Leadership -- It's ALL About the Students

"Leadership is an action, not a position." Donald McGannon

And student success STARTS and ENDS with you!

Discussion: What are you walking away with today?

Who is NCVPS?

NCVPS Vision

•Expanding Minds

•Expanding Opportunities

•Expanding Connections through blended and online learning

NCVPS Mission
NCVPS serves learners with high quality online courses and expanded options in education.

NCVPS Non-Negotiables

•Students first. Do what is best for students. Know your students.

•Teachers matter. The power of a teacher can never be replaced.

•Communication. All stakeholders need to know what learning is happening with each student.