In this work TW outlines 18 tangible attributes he identifies as blue-chip qualities of great principals, from his decades of research.
My biggest takeaways, from a book that is chock full of great thoughts:
- It's the people, not the programs, that make the real difference in successful schools/organizations.
- Be ultra visible and ultra accessible.
- Hire the people you want your organization to become, not the ones who fit the organization as it is.
- Refuse to let hot-button issues or inconsequential urgencies distract us from what matters most.
- Focus first on behaviors; beliefs will follow.
- Base organizational decisions (e.g., schedules, rules, protocols, guidelines, expectations) on the best employees, not the worst ones.
- Ignore minor errors.
- Behavior and beliefs are implicately tied to emotion.
My favorite quote:
"Every principal has an impact. Great principals make a difference." (p. 141)
TW's thinking regarding principals adapts nicely to leadership in general, germane regardless of organizational setting. Glad I read this book (again).