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Great lead­er­ship is the key to suc­cess in any school. The schools should have an ef­fec­tive school leader. Lead­er­ship not only sets the stage for longterm achieve­ment, but it en­sures that there will be sus­tain­abil­ity long af­ter their gone. In a school set­ting, a leader, more likely the prin­ci­pal, must be mul­ti­fac­eted as they deal with other ad­min­is­tra­tors, teach­ers, sup­port staff, stu­dents, and par­ents. It is not an easy job, but the prin­ci­pal should have the ex­per­tise at lead­ing the var­i­ous sub­groups. This will ef­fec­tively work with and sup­port ev­ery per­son at the school.

A school leader –prin­ci­pal- takes re­spon­si­bil­ity for ev­ery­thing that hap­pens in the school. An ef­fec­tive prin­ci­pal should be keen to know and iden­tify its cause if a prob­lem arises as he sees and have the re­spon­si­bil­ity to fix it. As a school leader, he needs a re­al­is­tic un­der­stand­ing of what is hap­pen­ing with the school and able to mon­i­tor and im­prove the var­i­ous as­pects of the ed­u­ca­tional process and school wel­fare.

Rather than just ac­cept­ing the sta­tus quo, a good prin­ci­pal should find ways to im­ple­ment good ideas. He should have the bet­ter if not best in mak­ing de­ci­sions and judge­ment in re­spond­ing to cer­tain sit­u­a­tions in school. How­ever, the suc­cess of ev­ery task in school is not solely cred­ited to the school leader, he needs good peo­ple sur­round­ing him to work with him. This is why he needs to have the good skills of his work­force – teach­ers and staff – to carry out their re­spec­tive and col­lab­o­ra­tive du­ties and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in/ for the school. Though get­ting good skilled teach­ers is greatly the ad­van­tage for the school suc­cess, how­ever, one point in con­sid­er­a­tion for the school work­force to be greatly ef­fec­tive for its ad­van­tage is the prin­ci­pal’s good man­age­ment. The prin­ci­pal’s suc­cess, job sat­is­fac­tion, and will­ing­ness to suc­ceed to see his job as a school leader is by hing­ing his work­force to work in con­so­nance to the school mis­sion and vi­sion.

Though the suc­cess of the Prin­ci­pal may vary in terms of strategy, tem­per­a­ment, and lead­er­ship style, but they all should have the com­mon in terms of tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for the school suc­cess. This not only by hir­ing ef­fec­tive teacher but as well as lead­ing and teach­ing or pro­vide train­ing for his school work­force for the learn­ers’and school wel­fare. An­other thing is hav­ing good con­nec­tion or rap­port with the school stake­hold­ers in or­der to build a strong, good and rep­utable school com­mu­nity. Ef­fec­tive school lead­er­ship is not about more on giv­ing or­ders. It is viewed about lead­ing through social per­sua­sion, per­sonal con­nec­tion and shared lead­er­ship.

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The author is Prin­ci­pal I at Talang High School

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