Effective leadership on any level requires reflection about core values. Through this process your principles are identified and tested. Actual core values consist of what you live out, as opposed to your idealized principles. The challenge for any leader is achieving consistency between expressed values and daily actions. Truly living out guiding principles will lead to confrontation occasionally. When this occurs it takes courage to stand by your actions.
Interview committees seek specific characteristics when screening applicants for teaching assignments. The graphic below illustrates a few traits that matter to me when recruiting and selecting candidates for teaching positions.
This has been a great list informing the teacher selection process, but what about the essential characteristics of an administrator? What dispositions and habits must be present?