Social transformation follows personal transformation
Posted by Pam Mitchell on Monday, March 26th, 2018
“When you learn about successful principals, you keep coming back to the character traits they embody and spread: energy, trustworthiness, honesty, optimism, determination. We went through a period when we believed you could change institutions without first changing the character of the people in them. But we were wrong. Social transformation follows personal transformation.”
This is a concluding comment on a David Brooks column about school leadership. Turns out that recent studies indicate the quality of the principal will likely determine whether a school improves.
Energy-they get out of their office and interact with students and teachers.
Trustworthiness- they fulfill commitments. Do what they say they will do. Offer a consistency to constituents which provides them a steadiness.
Honesty- tell the truth. Offer candor. Provide transparency.
Optimism- offer encouragement. Believe in a positive future. Communicates trust. Inspires confidence.