Novice and veteran school leaders alike wonder, “How to be a successful school principal.”

Being proactive certainly helps as well as these 10 skills that the best school leaders have.

Successful school leaders also read … a lot.
But I worry that wondering how to be a successful school principal is the wrong question to ask because success is like a mountain.

[S]uccess is like a mountain that keeps growing ahead of you as you hike it… and there’s the very real danger that ‘succeeding’ will take up your whole life, while the big questions go untended.”

George Saunders speaking to the Syracuse University graduating class of 2013

In many respects, success is a moving target. What happens when you focus on achieving your target of success? What is the cost?

We must question the pursuit of success if it is at the cost of avoiding life’s big questions.

What I love about this George Saunder’s quote is that success and meaning are not mutually exclusive. 

It takes a clear sense of purpose, principles, and vision to make sure we are on the right path.

What are the big questions in life? They have to do with legacy, with core values, the posture and presence you want to hold each day. 

I encourage you to grab a journal, a pen, and get into nature to sit with yourself and answer the big questions.

If you could use some help, I created a free guide with 9 questions that you can copy into your journal and wrestle with.


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