The Principal's Office is a practical book. It is simple, easy-to-read, and packed with straight-forward, personal advice gleaned from years of real experience. The current or future principal will receive words of wisdom from an author who knows what it is like to serve in the principal's office.
The Principal's Office is a must read for all new principals. Not only is it an excellent "how to" book for new school administrators, but it successfully demonstrates how a Principal's own core values play an integral role in developing their leadership style.
Dr. Molly P. Howard
Effective leadership is a Herculean task, especially during this age of intense scrutiny and accountability. Jan Harris Irons' work illuminates a path through the complex world of the principal. Through well crafted examples, anecdotes, and personal reflections, Jan provides insight into becoming a well-balanced individual and, ultimately, a well-balanced school leader. Her book is a "must" read for novice principals.
[This] work is relevant, practical and inspiring. The Principal's Office provides the reader with a blueprint on how to succeed on a daily basis as a principal and as a person.
Cheryl A. Griffith
The entire Leadership Team at Allegheny Valley has a copy of The Principal's Office by Dr. Jan Harris. Without a doubt, this book offers a lot for consideration and is an excellent guide in further educating newer administrators and reinforcing important points for those with experience.
from the foreword by Joseph Murphy
This is a wonderful book for many reasons. Most importantly, I think, because it provides a touchstone to navigate life as a school leader...This is a book to help us stay grounded: to hold onto the good things, to travel the high road, to do the right things. As such, it is a book full of wisdom.
Foreword Joseph Murphy ix Preface xi Acknowledgments xiii Introduction xv Part I Spiritual Balance
1 Your Internal Glue: Mission, Foundation, Values, Goals, and Beliefs 2
2 Renew and Refine: Strengthen Your Internal Glue 10
3 Separate Church and State 19
4 Proactivity: Avoid Potholes with Accountability and Guidance from a Mentor 23
5 The Principal Models Character Education 27
6 Give Credit Where Due and Put a Little Light on It 31
7 Tests and Examinations: Life in the Fishbowl and Directing Traffic Naked 36
8 Be an Original 39 Summary of Part I: Keys for Spiritual Balance 42 Part II Physical Balance
9 Body Maintenance: Rest, Play, and Exercise 44
10 Physical Fuel: Food and Water 53
11 Presentation: Grooming, Posture, Confidence, Clothes, Accessories, and Shoes 59
12 Output: Manners and Communication 69
13 Time and Memory 76 Summary of Part II: Keys for Physical Balance 80 Part III Intellectual Balance
14 Be Professional and Stick to the Book 82
15 Have a Plan 87
16 Build Your Winning Team 90
17 Power and the Power of the Pen 98
18 Discipline: Be Fair, Firm, and Consistent 101
19 Model Effective Use of Twenty-First-Century Technology 105
20 Public Relations, Politics, and Decision-Making 107
21 Read, Study, and Turn Off the Television 112 Summary of Part III: Keys for Intellectual Balance 117 Part IV Emotional Balance
22 Teflon Mentality and Walnuts 120
23 Delegate and Learn to Say No 124
24 Create Inspiring and Productive Learning Environments 127
25 Forgiveness and Service to Others 131
26 Stress, 24/7 Responsibility, and Thankfulness 134
27 Do Your Homework137 Summary of Part IV: Keys for Emotional Balance 140 Conclusion 142 Appendixes A 100 Rules for Balanced Leadership 145 B Letter of Commendation 151 C Little Black Book Entry 153 D Memo 155 E Weekly Calendar 157 F Annual Report 159 Epilogue Earline Pinckley 163 References 165 About the Author 167