Delaware Academy for School Leadership
The Caring Principal
I just finished reading the book, The Caring Warrior by Tim (T.J.) Jones, and although it was written from a perspective in the business world, it made me reflect on my years as a building and district leader. One of the things that I always prided myself on was having an “open door” policy to my staff. I made sure that I communicated to them that I was always available to chat about their successes, their challenges, or just when they may need to vent. Through the years, many of my staff made use of my open door to share professional stories, and also personal ones of which they thought I needed to be aware. However, to truly be a caring leader, one needs to go beyond just being a good listener, or cheering up the staff by announcing a jeans day on a Friday. As I read through Mr. Jones’s book, I thought about the things that I had done, and learned some things that I certainly could have done better during my days as a semi fearless principal.