Education success profile: School principal
This competency is one in a set of complete functional and behavioral qualities that, when fully realized, can help lead to professional success. View all competencies.
When you are considering and interviewing candidates for a principal position, use the following responsibilities and competencies
to evaluate candidates. This information can help you identify people who are likely to be successful in
When interviewing for a new principal, look for a candidate who will be able to perform these primary responsibilities:
- Represents and promotes the district’s mission and values
- Confronts and remedies inadequate teaching practices
- Creates and maintains a safe school climate
- Sets expectations and effectively delivers results for academic achievement, climate safety, budget efficiency,
and employee/student performance
- Selects effective faculty and staff
- Organizes and budgets resources creatively and appropriately
Candidates who are likely to be successful in this position will demonstrate a basic grasp of the following 12
Education Competencies. Those who will be the most successful will further demonstrate a desire to improve
their skills in—and eventually master—these competencies:
- Decision quality and problem solving: Uses analysis,
wisdom, experience, and logical methods to make good decisions and solve difficult problems with
effective solutions; appropriately incorporates multiple inputs to establish shared ownership and
- Directing others: Establishes clear directions;
sets stretching goals and assigns responsibilities that bring out the best work from people; establishes
a good work plan and distributes the workload appropriately.
- Drive for results: Pursues everything with energy,
drive, and a need to finish; does not give up before finishing, even in the face of resistance or
setbacks; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
- Functional/technical skills: Possesses required
functional and technical knowledge and skills to do his or her job at a high level of accomplishment;
demonstrates active interest and ability to enhance and apply new functional skills.
- Integrity and trust: Is widely trusted; is seen
as a direct, truthful individual; presents truthful information in an appropriate and helpful manner;
keeps confidences; admits mistakes; doesn’t misrepresent himself or herself for personal gain.
- Interpersonal skills: Is warm and easy to approach;
builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact to diffuse tense situations;
has a style and charm that immediately puts others at ease and disarms hostility.
- Managerial courage: Tactfully dispenses direct
and actionable feedback; is open and direct with others without being intimidating; deals head-on
with people problems and prickly situations.
- Managing and measuring work: Clearly
assigns responsibility for tasks and decisions; sets clear objectives and measures; monitors process,
progress, and results; designs feedback loops into work.
- Managing vision and purpose: Communicates
a compelling and inspired vision or sense of core purpose; makes the vision sharable by everyone;
can inspire and motivate entire units or organizations.
- Motivating others: Creates a climate in which people
want to do their best; can assess each person’s strengths and use them to get the best out of him
or her; promotes confidence and optimistic attitudes; is someone people like working for and with.
- Priority setting: Spends his or her time and the
time of others on what is important; focuses on the critical few and puts the trivial many aside;
can quickly sense what will help or hinder accomplishing a goal.
- Valuing diversity: Manages all kinds and classes
of people equitably; supports equal and fair treatment and opportunity for all; fosters a climate
of inclusion, where diverse thoughts are freely shared and integrated.
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