20 Biggest Mistakes Principals Make and How to Avoid them is specifically designed for principals as a means of reflecting on their personal behaviour and experiences as principal. The mistakes reported in this book reflect a collection of conversations with teachers, administrators, and the author's own personal experiences as both a teacher and a principal. The scenarios concern mistakes that a principal can and should avoid, and suggests strategies for avoiding some of the mistakes other principals have made. The book divides these mistakes into six categories: People Skills, People, Principal, Job, Tasks, Personal Issues, and Fatal Attractions. Each of these scenarios is designed to illustrate the mistakes that can occur in each area.
IntroductionAcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorI. The People Skills Mistake 1: Interpersonal Shortcomings Mistake 2: Communication Flaws II. The PeopleMistake 3: Neglecting the Professionals Mistake 4: Mismanaging Parents III. The PrincipalMistake 5: Being Too BossyMistake 6: InconsistencyMistake 7: Displaying WeaknessIV. The JobMistake 8: Endless Work Mistake 9: Mismanaging TimeV. TasksMistake 10: Ignoring the PreparationMistake 11: Displacing GoalsMistake 12: Decision-Making DilemmasMistake 13: Change DilemmasMistake 14: Professional Development VacuumMistake 15: Failing to SuperviseVI. Personal IssuesMistake 16: Forgetting the FamilyMistake 17: Ignoring Health IssuesMistake 18: Succumbing to StressMistake 19: Etiquette GaffesVII. Fatal Attractions Mistake 20: Errors of JudgmentVIII. The Leader's ResponseResponse 1: Never to Err Again?Response 2: Over the HorizonResource A: Building Visibility in the Community Resource B: Verbal Skills Self-Assessment Resource C: Principal Access Self-Assessment Resource D: Principal Self-Assessment References