Leadership matters: listening to first-time principals

by Marg Lees


This article records the author's follow-up with seven first-time primary principals who had undertaken the UC Plus Aspiring Principals programme.

She uses a key and clear diagram to set out three important requirements in the preparation of aspiring principals. They are consideration of:

  •  myself as a leader
  •  educational leadership
  •  supportive partnerships.

Interviews with the seven new principals indicate how important these three aspects have been in their transition to principal positions. 

This easy-to-read report will be useful to the following audiences:

  • Aspiring leaders who are interested in the skills, knowledge, and qualities they need to work on as their careers progress.
  • Principals looking to work with teachers and middle and senior leaders in their schools who are thinking about principalship. 

Reflective questions

These reflective questions might guide you in your reading of this article:

  • What are the main barriers to pursuing a formal leadership role?
  • What mechanisms help you sustain your professional learning in the three areas that Lees identifies above?

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