It is only through effective leadership actions that principals can become outstanding leaders. By building relationships that value all stakeholders—including teachers, students, parents, and community members—your actions will lead to a thriving school. This book provides you with the tools for emphasizing shared purpose, caring, integrity, and honesty so you can Build Relationships with Actions that Value Others.
In this updated edition, you’ll find out how to:
- Establish trusting relationship based on mutual support, respect, and empowerment.
- Demonstrate cultural responsiveness by embracing diversity and integrating multicultural awareness throughout the curriculum.
- Employ creative concern-solving strategies and address conflicts with students, parents, and staff.
- Develop a learning culture to nurture student and teacher achievement.
Each chapter concludes with a set of review questions to help you to reflect, evaluate, and improve upon your leadership skills. Filled with suggestions for actions that you can apply today, this book shows you how to become a BRAVO Principal!
Table of Contents
1. BRAVO Principals Establish Trust
Establish Trust: Collaborate on a Shared Vision
Establish Trust: Demonstrate Confidence through Empowerment
Establish Trust: Build Leadership at Every Level
2. BRAVO Principals Support Others
Support: Communicate Effectively
Support: Offer Encouragement
Support: Recognize Needs
Support: Provide Resources
3. BRAVO Principals Respect Others
Respect Others: Demonstrate Care
Respect Others: Demonstrate Equity
Respect Others: Collaborate
4. BRAVO Principals Demonstrate Cultural Responsiveness
Cultural Responsiveness: Understand Changing Cultural Demographics Cultural Responsiveness: Make Time for Critical Reflection
Cultural Responsiveness: Commit to Developing Cultural Community
5. BRAVO Principals Challenge the Imagination
Challenge the Imagination: Implement Next Steps
Challenge the Imagination: Solve Concerns
Challenge the Imagination: Address Conflicts Wisely
6. BRAVO Principals Nurture Achievement
Nurture Achievement: Uphold High Standards
Nurture Achievement: Challenge the Status Quo
Nurture Achievement: Lead Learning
7. BRAVO Principals Demonstrate Courage
Demonstrate Courage: Know Who You Are
Demonstrate Courage: Advocate for Others
Demonstrate Courage: Stay the Course
8. BRAVO Principals Make the World a Better Place
Sandra Harris is Doctoral Dissertation Coordinator for the Center for Doctoral Studies in Global Educational Leadership and Professor of Educational Leadership at Lamar University.
"BRAVO Principal! is a refreshing look at the personal side of leading. Harris demonstrates that who you are is as important as what you do. This book provides an opportunity for practicing and aspiring school leaders to focus on understanding and developing the personal skills so critical for success."
--Richard A. Flanary, President, Flanary Educational Consulting, LLC, and Former Deputy Executive Director, NASSP
"This book is a must-read for all school leaders. Harris hits on important concepts that help emerging leaders become good, and good leaders become great. With practical examples and exercises for putting concepts into practice, the book is a meaningful tool that ultimately benefits principals, teachers, and students. Truly impactful!"
--Stacey Edmonson, Dean, College of Education, Sam Houston State University
"Rarely do principals have an opportunity to ‘practice’ their skills. Now, finally, Harris has crafted and created a ‘leadership practice field’ for principals with the Review, Reflect, and Remember activities accompanying each chapter. This makes BRAVO Principal! not only a good read, but also a principal user’s guide and instructional manual to be used often and regularly."
--Theodore Creighton, Retired Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Virginia Tech, and Director, NCPEA Press