Role Model In Leadership

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As I reflect on my original paper in addition to class discussions and outside reading I can now say I only had two principals in twenty plus years who I would consider as leaders. In my first paper, I characterized a principal as a strong leader, role model, manager and I would add have to add community leader and change strong leader to a strong visionary leader.

As I stated in my initial paper a principal has to be a strong leader, however, now I feel that a principal has to be a strong visionary leader. According to Elena Aguilar, a visionary leader is “clear about what he/she believes and knows what is best for children-for their academics, social and emotional learning” (What Makes a Great Principal June 10,2014). A great leader
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For example; if a leader wants everyone to speak kindly to one another the principal must make an effort to do the same. This also goes for teachers, who are the leaders in the classroom. As a role model, the principal also needs to be comfortable in the classroom, in addition to knowing the importance of interacting with students not just for the negative actions of the students but the positive actions as well. The principal also needs to acknowledge his/her faculty for any accomplishments that may occur in their career. Observing these behaviors has made me more attentive to not only the students that are in my class but all students in the school. It is this kind of role model that has made me more compassionate and attentive toward not only the students but all members of the faculty and staff. Like I said my view has not really changed, but I have become more cognizant of my actions towards all members of the school …show more content…
Strong leaders need to be able to communicate with all stakeholders from community members to students and everyone in between. Leaders need to reach people in a variety of ways, for example, weekly and daily emails, newsletters, phone calls in addition to monthly staff meetings, weekly face to face conferring, if time allows if not the other avenues can be used for communication. Principals who are effective communicators make it easier teachers, stakeholders and students to talk with. I have had principals that I hated to talk to because I never really felt they were actually present in the conversation, they listened but answered with what they think I wanted to hear. Those were the principals that would think through the conversation and then backtrack on what they said because they were not listening and then when they had time to reflect on the conversation thought twice about their answer. Being able to communicate is an important characteristic for everyone, especially when you deal with people on a daily

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