The Principal's Principles

A Middle School Principal, striving to make the world a better place, one day at a time.

A Lesson From My Mentor: Be Direct

One of my mentors is currently a successful building principal. In my experience work with and talking to him, my biggest takeaway is:

Be direct.

There are moments that call for poetry or for an inspirational call to action. However, most employee frustration comes from an overuse of charisma, and communication that is too vague. My mentor never fails to use simple language that is clear and candid. He knows how he feels, what his views are, and he truly believes in what he sees as good education. This knowledge of himself allows him to be open, honest, and to always “tell it like it is.”

Note: This post is one in a series about key leadership lessons I have learned from my mentors. As I took time over the holidays to reflect on my work, the key relationships I have built and those who have made time to help me in my leadership journey were central to so much of what I do as a principal. My goal in publishing these lessons is to share my own reflections, celebrate my mentors (who will remain anonymous), and to encourage readers to thank their own mentors, or find new people to help them in their own professional journey. By no means am I a finished product, to those who mentor me, I thank you and ask that you continue to help me grow.


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4 thoughts on “A Lesson From My Mentor: Be Direct

  1. an overuse of charisma… That’s a great point, one I never thought of. Charisma is nice but we can’t overdue. Must focus on substance and, yes Being direct

  2. I agree with your mentor. Vague language is so destructive to building relationships. Better to be clear, even on the seemingly minute points.

  3. loving the mentor

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