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Are You Sure You’re the Principal?: A Guide for New and Aspiring Leaders, Second Edition

By Susan Villani


Establishing collaborative relationships with staff, building trust, and fostering a climate of mutual respect are goals that school principals strive for daily. The second edition of Are You Sure You’re The Principal? helps school leaders build upon these qualities. Written by WestEd’s Susan Villani, this guide combines practical advice and theoretical insight with leadership skills and strategies. Both new and experienced school leaders will learn how to balance listening and leading, work through conflict, be a mentor, and seek out advisors for guidance and support. This second edition is updated with:

  • A chapter on career fulfillment
  • Advice on evaluating goals, preferences, and opportunities
  • Study guides related to each chapter for group or individual professional development

Through personal stories and commentaries, Villani provides a mentor-in-a-book that helps principals feel more supported within the school community and become effective leaders.

Resource Details

Product Information

ISBN: 978-1-4129-5815-8
Copyright: 2008
Format: Trade Paper
Pages: 152
Publisher: Corwin Press

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Praise for this Resource

  • Susan Villani offers stories and vignettes that capture the deepest questions and concerns faced by new and aspiring principals and reminds readers that they are not alone; others have faced these challenges and survived to tell the story.

    Stephanie Hirsh, Executive Director, National Staff Development Council
  • An engaging storyteller, Villani models the caring, compassionate, and reflective practice that characterizes effective principals. A vivid picture of authentic leadership emerges as we experience Villani’s sometimes painful, yet always instructive actions recounted with humor and grace. We are privileged to witness the emotional as well as the cognitive side of Villani’s journey to greater self-awareness, and to benefit from the voices included in the study guide.

    Mary Forte Hayes, Executive Director, Massachusetts Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Through the use of stories, Susan Villani brings to life the essence of school leadership. For those aspiring to be school principals, this book brings into focus the realities of serving in a leadership role. A must-read for tomorrow’s principals!

    Gerald Tirozzi, Executive Director, National Association of Secondary School Principals