The school principal’s role is basically a leadership role, and there are actually some three levels at which the said school principal actually provides leadership.
At the first level, we have the school principal providing leadership to the teachers. Ideally, the arrangement should be such that the principal provides leadership to the teachers, who in turn provide leadership to the students. But as we will be seeing shortly, that is not always how it works: for we often end up with situations where besides providing leadership to the teachers, the principal still has to go out of his or her way and provide leadership directly to the students as well. In fact, that is what is expected, as per most schools’ traditions.
At the second level, we have the school principal providing leadership to the students.
And at the third level, we have the school principal providing leadership to the non-teaching staff members. You have to keep it in mind that some schools have very huge non-teaching staff populations, and the members of the non-teaching staff cadre need leadership. For instance, in schools at Broward running the Broward virtual counselor program, the counselor more often than not ends up being accountable to the principal.