I am a leader, I lead fu­ture lead­ers.

As a young prin­ci­pal, the first con­sid­er­a­tion I had when I was just start­ing in the as­sump­tion of this new and enor­mous re­spon­si­bil­ity was the de­sire to do my best at mak­ing de­ci­sions for the wel­fare of the clien­tele and the com­mu­nity; to be a good leader, if not the best, to my team, the work­force of the school, both teach­ing and non-teach­ing; and to be a role model as a per­son in au­thor­ity in this huge aca­demic world as a prin­ci­pal. It is in this light that I made sure I work re­li­giously. I burn the evening can­dle to learn the in and out of this great en­deavor and re­spon­si­bil­ity. I ask ideas and ad­vice from the in­sti­tu­tions in the field. It is in know­ing one’s du­ties and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties where or­der starts. A good leader knows where to lead the flock and leads them there de­spite ob­sta­cles along the way. In my hands lie the wel­fare of the clien­tele and the com­mu­nity. I must not fal­ter. But in the in­stance I fall short, my team is al­ways be­hind me to take an­other route with the same end goal. This is the ad­van­tage of be­ing a leader-prin­ci­pal rather than a man­ager: we build a team with one no­ble goal of paving the way for the pro­duc­tion of learn­ers who are MakaDiyos, Makatao, Makaka­likasan at Mak­a­bansa.

I treat my team of teach­ers as my equal as I lead them. I am the per­son in au­thor­ity but I make sure my fol­low­ers be­lieve in the no­ble goal I have in mind by com­mu­ni­cat­ing it with them, plan­ning with them and for them, and by work­ing it out with them. We make plans for them, too be­cause it is a fact that they are the main men in this en­deavor. With­out them as a strong foun­da­tion, the tower will stum­ble and fall. This is why, as a leader-prin­ci­pal I look into the soul of my teach­ers. I make them build self-worth by re­al­iz­ing their skills and po­ten­tials and visu­al­ize the many won­der­ful things we can do for the school and the com­mu­nity if we will put all our strengths to­gether as a team. I pro­vide them with var­i­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties to prove them­selves wor­thy of the trust the gov­ern­ment has given them. I per­suade them to work for their suc­cess in the field of teach­ing while fo­cus­ing on the one no­ble goal. They then learn to do it them­selves, be the leader they are born to be and cre­ate fu­ture lead­ers in our stu­dents as well. As a prin­ci­pal, like a teacher I lead fu­ture lead­ers.

--oOo— The au­thor is Prin­ci­pal I of Dona Asun­cion Lee In­te­grated School

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