I’ve said before that there is no manual that comes with a leadership role. How very much easier it would be in life if every time you had a question or were presented with a situation, you could simply turn to the relevant page and see how it should be addressed. But we all know that is not true in life, and it’s definitely not true in leadership.
Recently I’ve found myself wondering how do I know if I am doing this whole principal thing right? What are the measurements in being “successful”? Is it everyone being happy? Is it knowing all that there is to know? (gulp.) Is it happy kids? Is it happy teachers? HOW DO YOU KNOW?
The answer is…..
impossible to measure?
based on assessments? (but which ones? State? Local? Common, formative? Rabbit trail, that one is…)
definitely not easy.
In speaking to those infinitely more wise than me, I think that you just do the every best that you can and know that you are always growing. Keep yourself surrounded by people that you can have heartfelt, genuine, reflective conversations with, on a regular basis. From your staff to your parents to district leadership…be open in discussing how they are feeling and how they feel the overarching principles that you want to lead by are being received. Are you fair? Are you consistent? Are you doing things for the right reasons? Have there been any misunderstandings? Is what you are saying what they are hearing? The answer to that may surprise you…but the only way to KNOW is to ASK. #lessonslearned
I’d be interested in hearing from you…what are the markers of you feeling as if you’ve done a good job? How do you know? This question has kept me awake at night lately, and would love to know what you think! And while you’re thinking about it, this post has now gotten THIS SONG stuck in my head. You’re welcome!