Does leadership theory help a school principal become a better principal? He or she needs to be head teacher, chief administrator, creator of the vision, promoter of the cause, public face of the organization, counselor of staff, listener to parents, role model for students, and conduit with system authorities. While most have the support of a leadership team, invariably the buck, in whatever forms it might take, stops with the principal. The role is challenging, often demanding, and invariably requires a fine balancing act between the myriad of responsibilities that go with the job. So, what form of leadership should the principal exercise?

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