3 C’s strategy for school principals to develop effective leadership
During the Covid-19 pandemic, not only did students suffer but teachers and principals struggled as well due to the rapid changes in the education system during this time. Effective school principals can affect everybody in the building by establishing a positive school culture and by being able to handle tough situations in a smoother manner.
Importance of effective leadership
“To be a school principal who can provide effective leadership, especially during times of crisis, is essential. The two years of the pandemic were very critical for everyone, especially for teachers, principals, parents, and students,” said Reena Gupta, Principal, Bodhi Taru International School.
She further added, “As a principal, one should have a clear and straightforward approach towards the problem. Lack of leadership qualities will not lead a person in the right direction.”
She continued by saying good principals must also continue to provide effective leadership to guide teachers, students, staff, and even parents.
The 3 C’s strategy
To demonstrate effective leadership, one can practice the strategy of three C’s:
Communication: Principals should be constantly communicating in a variety of venues with parents, with staff, and with students to build up their confidence and remind them of the spirit of togetherness. Effective communicators are able to address issues before they become serious problems.
Consistency: Teachers and students need to know that policies are being applied fairly and equitably and that there is a routine of stability that principals exercise in a school. Lack of consistency may disturb the school atmosphere.
Calmness: It is critically important that principals project an aura of calmness. If they’re calm, then they can put out fires in a way that makes the staff feel like they can rest easy because the boss is handling it. This will help in building a strong belief in school authorities and create a family-like culture among them.