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How Do Great Leaders Lead?

By Nancy Blade

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Then she gave examples. Her principal gets into every classroom every day and writes five positive notes to staff, students, and parents every week. He serves root beer floats at staff meetings and leads through others as teachers bring up and lead the agenda. He tutors a suspended student in math to help bring up a failing grade. When there is a problem, he gathers people together, draws on their strengths, and they own the plan for moving forward.


Great principals are giants. Their position does not define them; rather, they are valued for uniting people in the purpose of serving children and creating an enduring community. As Lao Tzu suggested for leaders, “Go to the people. Live with them. Learn from them. Love them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have. But with the best leaders, when the job is done, the task accomplished, the people will say ‘we have done it ourselves.’”



De Pree, M. (1987). Leadership is an art. New York, NY: Doubleday.

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