PMP:081 Leadership, Courage and Caution Lights for Principals

This past week I hosted a webinar for principals as a part of a book study over Principal Matters: The Motivation, Action, Courage and Teamwork Needed for School Leaders.

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In 2012, after being named Oklahoma’s Assistant Principal of the Year, I was asked to share ideas with new or aspiring leaders in graduate classes, workshops and conferences. And I was being asked a lot of the same questions about the pressures, challenges, and strategies involved in being a school administrator. So, I decided to start blogging about those issues. Eventually these same ideas became topics for my first book.

Four years later, I am finding those questions still being asked by school leaders. So this semester’s book study webinar has become another way to answer questions you may also be asking. Questions like:

  • How do you lead through difficult times?
  • How do you stay inspired with never-ending challenges?
  • How can you lead in a way that doesn’t result in burning out?
  • What are some practical steps you can take to invest in personal growth as a leader?

I’d like to encourage you to listen in to explore examples of courage from others, discuss how to hold onto inspiring moments in your work, and see a “wheel of life” illustration that may help you find a stronger sense of balance. Or check out a video of the webinar and slides from the presentation.

Thanks for taking time to invest in your own leadership growth, and thanks again for doing what matters by serving your school communities!

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Principal Matters–The Book!


School leaders are very busy, so each of the twenty-four chapters is designed as a quick-read and followed with take-action questions for follow-up or reflection. If you want practical ideas on understanding your purpose, managing school teams, dealing with challenges, and leading with courage, action, motivation, and teamwork, go HERE to pick up a copy for you or your team.

Messaging Matters


Harness the power of messaging to create a culture of acknowledgment, respect, and celebration. Written specially for leaders, this title is divided into three parts, helping readers to maximize their role as chief communicators with students, teachers, and parents and community. Each chapter includes suggestions for using digital tools to enhance messaging and ends with reflection questions and practical next steps.