Principal's Calendar Monthly Reflection: December

By PrinciPal Connection posted 11-21-2017 10:55


To help you keep a handle on what you are responsible for, a group of committed IPA members and staff created The Principal’s Calendar (available for IPA Members). The calendar is broken down by month. At the end of every month we will be sharing out the reflection you should be considering for the upcoming month. The reflections will center around attributes outlined in the School Leader Paradigm. The Principal's Calendar is sponsored by Stifel.

This month's featured attribute is:
Relational: Interacts with people in ways that fulfill their physical, psychological, social, and emotional needs.

Associated Competency:
Community Building:  Instills a sense of belonging, a feeling that members matter to one another and to the group, and a shared faith that members’ needs will be met through their commitment to be together.

Associated Intelligence:
Social Intelligence: A set of interpersonal competencies that inspire others to be effective.

For Your Reflection

Simply put, the principalship is relationships.  By building high quality, trusting relationships with students, teachers, and community members, you are able to develop and sustain a culture which creates a place for everyone to safely learn and grow.  In order to build quality relationships, you must choose to frequently use language which uplifts and encourages.  This is particularly true because you will occasionally have to tell people things they do not want to hear.  Listed below are some phrases you may find help keep your staff members positive, motivated, and productive.


  • “Please.”
  • “Thank you.” (A good school leader has cause to say “thank you” 20+ times a day.)
  • “You did an outstanding job on/with _______________________.”
  • “Have you ever considered becoming an administrator?”
  • “I appreciate your efforts.”
  • “I hear there are some great things going on in your classroom.”
  • “I saw the (contest, game, concert, production) last night. You and your students did a great job.”
  • “You are an important part of our school.”
  • “I need your help.”
  • “Thanks for all you do to make our students successful.”
  • “You ought to present this information at an IPA conference.”


To Keep You Thinking

  • What phrase(s) do you do a good job working into your daily vocabulary?
  • What phrase(s) should you do a better job of working into your daily vocabulary?
  • What are some other phrases you can add to the list?
Consider creating a similar list for support staff, students, parents, and community members.