Being a principal has its challenges. It is not an easy profession. It is a high stress job that most people are not equipped to handle. A principal’s job description is broad. They have their hands in virtually everything related to students, teachers, and parents. In the building they are the chief decision maker. A successful school principal does things differently. There are those principals who excel at what they do and those who lack the skills necessary to be successful as with any other profession. Most principals are in the middle of that range. The best principals have a particular mind set and leadership philosophy allowing them to be successful. They utilize a combination of strategies that make themselves and others around them better thus allowing them to be successful. In virtually every aspect hiring good teachers make a principal’s job easier. Good teachers are solid disciplinarians, they communicate well with parents, and they provide their students with a quality education. Each of these things makes a principal’s job easier. You want a building full of teachers that you know are doing their job as a principal.

Things a successful school principal does differently

You want teachers that are 100% committed to being effective teachers in every aspect.  You want teachers who not only do their job well, but are willing to go above and beyond the core requirements to ensure that each one of the students is successful. Simply put, surrounding yourself with good teachers makes you look better, makes your job easier, and allows you to manage other aspects of your job. You are the leader of the building as a principal. Every person in the building is watching how you go about your daily business. Build a reputation for being the hardest worker in your building. You should almost always be the first one to arrive and the last one to leave. It is essential that others know how much you love your job. Keep a smile on your face, maintain a positive attitude, and handle adversity with grit and perseverance. Always maintain professionalism. Be respectful to everyone and embrace differences. Be the model for fundamental qualities such as organization, efficiency, and communication. Never put limitations on yourself and your teachers. Be resourceful and find creative ways to meet needs when issues arise. Do not be afraid to think outside the box. Encourage your teachers to do the same. Successful school principals are elite problem solvers. Answers do not always come easy.  You have to creatively utilize the resources you have or figure out ways to get new resources to meet your needs. A terrific problem solver never dismisses another person’s idea or suggestion. They seek out and value input from others cooperatively creating solutions to problems instead. You have to learn to work with all different types of people as a principal. Each person has their own personality, and you must learn to work effectively with each type.