20 Biggest Mistakes Principals Make and How to Avoid Them

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Overview

Learn to navigate the principalship by avoiding the major roadblocks that can arise along the way!

Don't let bad decisions and unnecessary oversights ruin your school day - or worse, your career! Marilyn L. Grady examines the twenty most critical mistakes principals make, and provides the strategies you need to avoid them. By surveying both teachers and administrators, and applying her own experiences as both teacher and principal, the author examines the crucial errors from the following seven key categories:

  • People Skills - managing interpersonal relationships
  • People - working with staff and parents
  • Principal - examining professional behaviors inherent in the position
  • Job - juggling time demands and heavy workloads
  • Tasks - looking more closely at administrative duties
  • Personal Issues - focusing on family and health
  • Fatal Attractions - addressing judgment errors that can be disastrous for your career
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Editorial Reviews

Kaye Peery
"The information presented is true to life; school principals will see themselves on every page. The strategies presented to 'fix' or avoid our mistakes really do work! You don't have to be a new principal to benefit from this one."
Ron Joekel
"I wish this book had been written many years ago to help me with my first principal's position. It is an indispensable resource for new and seasoned principals to avoid the pitfall of administration."
Barbara Marchese
“I quickly learned that the situations I faced were similar to other principals’ experiences. The answers to my dilemmas were based on common sense and experience such as the examples in this book.”
Principal Navigator
"An excellent resource for principals to examine their effectiveness."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761946007
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/23/2004
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Marilyn L. Grady, is professor of educational administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). She is the author or coauthor of 23 books, including From Difficult Teachers to Dynamic Teamwork (2009) with Brock, Getting it Right from the Start (2009) with Kostelnik From First Year to First Rate (2007) with Brock, 194 High-Impact Letters for Busy Principals (2006), 20 Biggest Mistakes Principals Make and How to Avoid Them (2004) and Launching Your First Principalship (2004) with Brock. Her research areas include leadership, the principalship, and superintendent-board relations. She has more than 175 publications to her credit. She is the editor of the Journal of Women in Educational Leadership. Her editorial board service has included Educational Administration Quarterly, International Studies in Educational Administration, International Journal of Learning, Rural Educator, Journal of At-Risk Issues, Journal of School Leadership, Advancing Women in Leadership On-Line Journal, Journal for Rural School and Community Renewal, International Journal of Learning, and Journal for a Just and Caring Education. She is the recipient of the Stanley Brzezinski Research Award, NCPEA’s Living Legend Award, the Donald R. and Mary Lee Swanson Award for Teaching Excellence, UNL’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and UNL’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Status of Women.

Grady coordinates an annual conference on women in educational leadership that attracts national attendance and is in its 24th year. She has been an administrator in K-12 schools as well as at the college and university levels. She received her bachelor’s degree in history from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and her doctorate in educational administration with a specialty in leadership from The Ohio State University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments
About the Author
1 The People Skills 1
II The People 21
III The Principal 33
IV The Job 51
V Tasks 61
VI Personal Issues 87
VII Fatal Attaractions 103
VIII The Leader's Response 109
Resource A Building Visibility in the Community 113
Resource B Verbal Skills Self-Assessment 115
Resource C Principal Access Self-Assessment 117
Resource D Principal Self-Assessment 119
References 121
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