Outstanding School Administrators: Their Keys to Success

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goal. The demands of the 21st century focus continuous attention upon innovation and quality.

Respondents identified numerous attributes and characteristics that contributed to their success: being able to work well with others, having positive attitudes, setting high expectations for themselves and for others, being tenacious about meeting the needs of students, and having honesty and integrity. Also, as successful administrators they are committed to their profession; they are willing to work hard, take risks, and ready to accept the opportunity to serve as role models. Successful administrators act ethically and show respect for ideas, diversity, and others. They view success as a goal, a process, something to strive for along the way.

Perhaps you would have organized responses differently. For example, the subheading "Community" could have subsumed comments related to diversity, family, respect for others and expressly for students, the need for support from parents, and the contributions of teachers and other staff members. Respondents to Project Success wrote frequently about their learning communities; consequently, you may wish to search through administrators' comments for other themes. As you search for success in your profession, you will find it in the doing of your work--not at the end of your day or week but during the time you are striving to meet your ideals.

Each expectation you utter, each value you affirm, each attribute you model, and each action you take will advance you along the way to success. What you are and what you believe are evident in what you think, say, and do.


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Herrnstein R. J., Murray, C. A. ( 1994). The bell curve: Intelligence and class structure in American life. New York: Free Press.

Smith B. ( 1994). "The Westside example: Facilitating high commitment". In J. M. Jenkins, K. S. Louis, H. J. Walberg, & J. W. Keefe (Eds.), World class schools: An evolving concept (pp. 41-48). Reston, VA: National Association of Secondary School Principals.

"Why IQ isn't destiny". ( October 24, 1994). U.S. News & World Report, 117( 16), 73, 75-76, 78, 80.

Wraga W. G. ( 1994). "Performance assessment: A golden opportunity to improve the future". NASSP Bulletin, 78( 563), 71-79.

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