Transformative Principal
Discover the secrets of school leadership in this weekly interview podcast with top leaders in education.

Jeff Zoul and Anthony McConnell are the authors of The Principled Principal: 10 Principles for Leading Exceptional Schools.

  • Anthony followed in Jeff’s role as assistant superintendent and is now going to be the superintendent of the district.
  • Being part of the development process for four years set Anthony on the right course.
  • How Jeff helped prepare Anthony for success in moving into his new role.
  • I believe in always being innovative and always getting better.
  • The Harmony principle.
  • Some people think they thrive when they are in crisis mode, but their schools do not.
  • Thinking I was supporting the teacher, I was equally elevated with the teacher.
  • How to stay calm when inside you are seething.
  • You get better with practice. Focus on the real issue.
  • Don’t come with the answer already decided on in your head.
  • How can I help? Ask this question often.
  • What you have to leave the conversation with is integrity.
  • It’s not about the nail.
  • Trust - if you don’t have trust, you don’t have a whole lot.
  • Address underperformance: It isn’t fun, but the best principals do that.
  • Doing what you say you’re going to do.
  • When the leadership does it, other people feel comfortable holding people accountable.
  • What sort of actions do you take so that people know you care about them?
  • 5 faculty values statements: “We will…”
  • I’m going to lead the way by asking you to hold me accountable.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Anthony - make your school more welcoming. Take a walk around.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Jeff - be super visible in the school. I’m not trying to be right, I’m trying to the right thing.

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