Although hacking school leadership involves enacting many changes in our practices, the first and most important change transforms a principal from being a disengaged administrator to an instructional lead learner who is visible, present, and engaged in every aspect of the school community. Yes, we still need to make the time to check emails, participate in meetings, and complete everything else on our “To Do” lists, but we can’t be bound to our desks or offices. The kind of leader our schools need leads with the heart and mind, spending time building relationships instead of doing managerial tasks. Transformational lead learners understand the impact they have on school culture, and therefore they strive to build a culture that has positive influence on the school’s trajectory.

What are some things you can do to BE PRESENT tomorrow?

How will you BE PRESENT with staff with whom you do not connect with naturally?