“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” By Jack Welch

This past week my favorite Principal, Raymond Giovanelli (@rjgiovanelli), is embarking on a new adventure by opening a new school, something he has not done before. At his ‘farewell party’ it really got me thinking about what skills a great leader requires, he has made me a better educator (more that he knows) and this blog post is dedicated to him. Mr. G contains all of the below skills and are skills a great leader should possess.

1. They have goals and they share their goals with others.

2. They are positive and happy.

3. They have passion for what they are doing.

4. They exhibit all the best character traits.

  • Respect: Show high regard for everyone
  • Responsibility: Shows this for themselves, school and community.
  • Honesty: Be truthful (actions speak, louder then words)
  • Caring: Takes care of staff and students while bring understanding and compassionate.
  • Justice and Fairness: Shows unbiased treatment for everyone
  • Citizenship: Involves the community around the school
  • Courage: Know that it is okay to fail and try new things.
  • Perseverance: With no raises and budget cuts-you stick to what matters the students
  • Hope: Believe in yourself and everyone around you.

5. They celebrate others accomplishments and don’t compare themselves to others.

6. They collaborate with others through Personal Learning Networks- PLN’s.

7. They leverage peoples strengths but also push them to grow.

8. They know when to listen and when to support.

9. They prioritize and manage time wisely.

10. They know how to delegate but share their decision making with others.

11. They find balance between work and home.

12. They are forward thinkers, innovators and think of solutions, not problems.

Thank you for everything you have done and I know will continue to do for your staff and students. You are a great leader!

You can read my past blog post on ‘Why We Need More Principals’ like him here.


Comments on: "Skills a Great Leader Should Possess" (1)

  1. Ray Giovanelli said:

    Part of being successful as a leader is having the opportunity to work with teachers like you that are as passionate and as excited about learning. Know that everytime I think of my success I think of your success. Watching others grow and be successful is what I crave. Thank you Jill Thompson for being one of those people!

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