How Principals Build Leadership Capacity in Others
|1.||Teachers, parents, and students can be successful leaders when given the opportunity to lead;|
|2.||School community members must experience success in leadership roles;|
|3.||Leadership capacity will be enhanced when the principal supports the leadership experiences of others;|
|4.||Building the individual leadership capacity of the many builds organizational leadership capacity; and|
|5.||The ability to do this important work lies within the school membership.|
Figure AG.1 describes behaviors principals should engage in as they seek to build, develop, and sustain leadership capacity in others.
To begin building leadership capacity, a principal simply talks with teachers, parents, and students about taking on leadership roles and responsibilities. Once the dialogue begins, the principal asks others to participate, encourages involvement, and supports people as they engage in new leadership ventures. Teachers, parents, and students are eager to extend their leadership if and when asked to do so by the principal; he is the catalyst who must begin the conversations about sharing school leadership. When a principal is viewed as one who values shared leadership by talking about it with other school members and provides the necessary help
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