A school administrator is a job entailing lots of responsibility. You are the head of the school and are responsible for each student’s education and have to maintain and improve the school’s reputation at any cost. You also have to decide on staffing decisions, which is why these many qualities make a great school principal.
- Imperious leader
As you will be in charge of the school’s students, faculty and staff, you need strong leadership and management skills. While you are the first to get credit for all the good the school achieves, you are also responsible for its failure. You are the leader of the institution and its success and failure lies in your hands.
- Networking with people
Don’t think that principals run their schools from a desk! You need to make your presence known not only with your students but also with your teachers and visitors. All it takes is a simple smile and a hello to set a tone of positivity in your institution.
No matter how well you may like or know a student, you as a principal cannot extend preferential treatment to anyone. You need to have the ability to treat all students and teachers equally, no matter what their qualifications or mistakes may be.
- Solve problems
The school principal is usually considered the ‘wise man’ to approach to solve any problem. Teachers, students, parents, staff and faculty will turn to you for advice to finding a solution to their problems. This requires lots of patience and calmness to listen to all available options and give an unbiased opinion to solve the problem.
- Listen well
A principal has to be ready to meet all types of people at their office, usually unhappy people. You need to show you care for them by listening to their woes and in most cases; you end up controlling the situation by letting the person vent their problems. In other words, a great school principal has to be a great listener ready to listen, diffuse and solve problems.
A good school principal is dedicated to the school and believes that all decisions should be made to meet the students’ best interests. You have to prove that you love the school and have only the school’s and students interests at heart all the time.
Last, but not least, the school principal is usually the first to reach and leave school. While it may be difficult maintaining this dedication, it does pay its dividends to students, staff and society!
A school principal is a job entailing lots of responsibility. You are the head of the school and are responsible for each student’s education and have to maintain and improve the school’s reputation at any cost. You also have to decide on staffing decisions, which is why these many qualities make a great school principal.
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