The Principal as Instructional Leader

Apr 4, 2016 | 0 comments

Apr 4, 2016 | Miscellaneous | 0 comments

The Principal as Instructional Leader


The article points out that the principal is the pillar of a school consequently its efficiency as well as performance depend on his/her managerial and instructional abilities. Outstanding school performance and capability to achieve its objective, mission and vision require competent principal with proficient instructional skills. The article, compiles five studies conducted by different researchers on practices and qualities associated with proficient leadership which depend on the environment and socioeconomic factors and include appropriate combination of technical and climate related factors.

Competent principals were found to design their leadership procedure depending on the socioeconomic status of the schools just like in Cultural Proficiency Model that requires designing of strategies to be matched with the unique needs of the organization or individuals. For instance, principals of low-income schools focused on climate related activities while those in high-income schools concentrated on technical strategies as illustrated by Ellis (1986). Proficient instructional leaders do evaluate their strategies regularly making changes where necessary since achievement is an ongoing process just like Cultural Proficiency Model dictates. Good leadership also involved the establishment of professional values that help in achieving trust and respect which is the core values of cultural cooperation and involves parents in decision making just like in cultural proficiency model where the parties involved are consulted in decision making.

The qualities and practices of competent instructional leadership presented by the author are effective and ought to be adopted by all principals and keenly noted by aspiring principals as most of them are easily nurtured and not innate as implied by Ellis (1986). The different strategies outlined in the article form suitable guidelines for change and establishment of strong appropriate approaches for development, better performance for teachers and thus students in meeting the community expectations.


Ellis, I. Thomas. (1986). The Principal as Instructional Leader. Research Roundup. Print.