How would you describe a successful principal?

How would you describe a successful principal?

By asking this question, the hiring committee is attempting to assess the following:

> Do you understand what traits contribute to the success of a principal. As a teacher, what traits do you value most.

> Your response may indicate or suggest possible conflicts with the current principal.

Responses to this question may include:

It is important that a successful principal…

> has a vision and a plan to reach that vision…combined with the ability to bring faculty members together to form a cooperative team and motivate them to reach district goals and objectives.

> be visible… the principal’s presence should be evident on a continual basis. He or she must be easily accessible to both students and teachers.

> has a great sense of humor, and can relate well to a diverse group of individuals.

> genuinely cares about the students, teachers, parents, and the district.

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