The Role of the Principal in Schools

What Makes a School Administrator an Effective School Leader?

Updated November 11, 2016.
Great leadership is the key to success for any school. The best schools will have an effective school leader or group of leaders. Leadership not only sets the stage for long-term achievement, but it ensures that there will be sustainability long after their gone. In a school setting, a leader must be multifaceted as they deal with other administrators, teachers, support staff, students, and parents on a daily basis. This is not an easy job, but many administrators are experts at leading the various subgroups. They can effectively work with and support every person at the school.
How does a school administrator become an effective school leader? There is not a single answer to this question but a blend of qualities and characteristics that yield an effective leader. An administrator's actions over the course of time also helps them to become a true school leader. Here, we examine twelve of the most critical aspects necessary to be an effective school leader.
An effective school leader is well respected. A leader understands that respect is something that is earned naturally over time. They do not force others around them to respect them. Instead, they earn others respect by giving respect. Leaders give others around them the opportunities to be their best. Highly respected leaders may not always be agreed with, but people almost always listen to them.
An effective school leader is a problem solver. School administrators face unique situations every day. This ensures that the job is never boring. A leader is an efficient problem solver. They are able to find the effective solutions that benefit all parties involved. They are not afraid to think outside the box. They understand that each situation is unique and that there is not a cookie cutter approach for how to do things. A leader finds a way to make things happen when no one believes that it can be done.
An effective school leader is selfless. A leader puts others first. They make humble decisions that may not necessarily benefit themselves, but instead is the best decision for the majority. These decisions may instead make their job increasingly difficult. A leader sacrifices personal time to help where and when they are needed. They are not worried about how they look as long as it is benefiting their school or school community.
An effective school leader is an exceptional listener. A leader has an open door policy. They do not dismiss anyone that feels that they need to talk to them. They listen to others fervently and wholeheartedly. They make them feel that they are important. They work with all parties to create a solution and keep them informed throughout the process. A leader understands that others around them have potentially brilliant ideas. They continuously solicit input and feedback from them. When someone else has a valuable idea, a leader gives them credit.
An effective school leader adapts. A leader understands that situations change and are not afraid to change with them. They quickly assess any situation and adapt appropriately. They are not afraid to change their approach when something is not working. They will make subtle adjustments or scrap a plan entirely and start from scratch. A leader uses the resources they have available and makes them work in any situation.
An effective school leader understands individual strengths and weaknesses. A leader understands that it is the individual parts in a machine that keeps the entire machine running. They know which of those parts are fine tuned, which are in need of a little repair, and which could potentially need to be replaced. A leader knows each teacher’s individual strengths and weaknesses. They show them how to use their strengths to make an impact on and create personal development plans to improve their weaknesses. A leader also evaluates the entire faculty as a whole and provides professional development and training in areas where improvement is needed.
An effective school leader makes those around them better. A leader works hard to make every teacher better. They encourage them to grow continuously and improve. They challenge their teachers, create goals, and provide ongoing support for them. They schedule meaningful professional development and training for their staff. A leader creates an atmosphere where distractions are minimized. They encourage their teachers to be positive, fun, and spontaneous.
An effective school leader admits when they make a mistake. A leader strives for perfection with the understanding that they are not perfect. They know that they are going to make mistakes. When they do make a mistake, they own up to that mistake. A leader works hard to rectify any issues that arise as a result of a mistake. The most important thing that a leader learns from their mistake is that is it should not be repeated.
An effective school leader holds others accountable. A leader does not allow others to get away with mediocrity. They hold them accountable for their actions and reprimand them when necessary. Everyone including students has a specific job to do at school. A leader will ensure that everyone understands what is expected of them while they are at school. They create specific policies that address each situation and enforce them when they are broken.
An effective school leader makes difficult decisions. Leaders are always under the microscope. They are praised for their school’s successes and scrutinized for their failures. A leader will make difficult decisions that can lead to scrutiny. They understand that not every decision is the same and even cases with similarities may need to be handled differently. They evaluate each student discipline case individually and listen to all sides. A leader works hard to help a teacher improve, but when the teacher refuses to cooperate, they terminate them. They make hundreds of decisions each day. A leader evaluates each one thoroughly and makes the decision they believe will be the most beneficial for the entire school.

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ភ្នំពេញៈ ​អង្គការ ​ស៊ីប៉ា ​និង ​ស្ថាប័ន​អប់រំ ​NTC Group ដែល​មាន​សាលារៀន​ សុវណ្ណភូមិ​ សាលា ​ប្រ៊ីជតុន​ សាលា​ ញូវ​តុន​ធីឡាយ​ សាលា​អន្ដរ​ជាតិ​អាមេ​រិកាំង​ប៉ាស៊ី​ហ្វិក​ និង​សាលា​អន្ដរ​ជាតិ​អ៊ីស​វ៉េស​ បាន​ផ្ដើម ​«យុទ្ធ​នាការ​អំណាន​»​ ក្នុង​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា​នៅ​សាលា​ឯក​ជន​លើក​ដំបូង​ ដើម្បី​បណ្ដុះ ​និង​ពង្រឹង​ទម្លាប់​នៃ​ការ​អាន​ពេញ​មួយ​ជីវិត​ របស់​កុមារ​។
លោក ​ហុក ​សុទ្ធិ ​នាយក​អង្គការ​ស៊ីប៉ា ​បាន​ថ្លែង​នៅ​ក្នុង​ពិធី​ចុះ​ហត្ថ​លេខា​សហការ​គ្នា​នា​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ព្រហស្បតិ៍​នេះ​ថា យុទ្ធនា​ការ​អំណាន​នេះ​នឹង​ផ្តោត​ជា​ពិសេស​លើ​សកម្ម​ភាព​ផ្សេងៗ​ ដើម្បីបណ្តុះ និង​ពង្រឹង​ទម្លាប់​នៃ​ការ​អាន​ពេញ​មួយ​ជីវិត​របស់​កុមារ​ទាំង​នៅ​ក្នុង​សាលា​ និង​នៅ​ផ្ទះ ​ដោយ​មាន​ការចូល​រួម​ពីសិស្ស​ អាណា​ព្យាបាល គ្រូ​បង្រៀន​របស់​ពួក​គេ។
លោក​បាន​ថ្លែង​ថា «នៅ​ក្នុង​យុទ្ធ​នាការ​នេះ Sipar នឹង​ប្រើ​ប្រាស់​បណ្ណា​ល័យ​ចល័ត​របស់​ខ្លួន​ដើម្បី​រៀប​ចំសប្តាហ៍​អំណាន​ដែល​​មាន​សកម្ម​ភាព​ផ្សេងៗ​ ដូច​ជា​និទាន​រឿង​កម្សាន្ត​បែប​អប់រំ ​និង​សំណួរ​ល្បង​ប្រាជ្ញា​ដល់​សិស្ស​» ។
លោក​បាន​បន្ដ​ថា​ Sipar ក៏​នឹង​បង្កើត​សកម្ម​ភាពអំ​ណាន​ក្នុង​សាលា ​ដូច​ជា​ព្រឹត្តិ​ការណ៍​ជជែក​អំពី​សៀវភៅ​ បង្កើត​ក្លឹប​អ្នក​អាន​ រៀប​​ចំព្រឹ​ត្តិការណ៍​សម្ពោធ​សៀវ​ភៅ​ចេញថ្មី​ បង្កើត​​ទំនាក់​​ទំនង​យ៉ាង​ជិត​ស្និទ្ធ​ជា​មួយ​នឹង​សិស្ស​កម្រិត​វិទ្យា​ល័យ​ដើម្បី​ពង្រីក​កម្រិត​អំណាន​របស់​ពួក​គេ​ ក៏មានរៀប​ចំសិក្ខា​សាលា​ជា​មួយ​គ្រូបង្រៀននិង​បណ្ណា​រក្ស​ស្តីពី​របៀប​ជ្រើស​រើស​សៀវ​ភៅអាន​ឲ្យ​បាន​ត្រឹម​ត្រូវ​តាម​​កម្រិត​នៃការ​យល់​ដឹង​របស់​កុមារផងដែរ។ 
លោក ​សុទ្ធិ ​បាន​អះអាង​ថា ​ «អង្គការ​ Sipar​ មាន​មោទនភាព​ក្នុង​ការ​បង្កើត​ភាពជា​ដៃគូ​ផ្លូវការ​លើក​ទីមួយ​ជា​មួយ​នឹង​សាលា​ឯក​ជន​ដើម្បី​អភិវឌ្ឍ​ទម្លាប់​អំណាន​ក្នុង​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា​»។
លោក​បាន​បញ្ជាក់​បន្ថែម​ថា ​«ភាព​ជាដៃ​គូនេះ​នឹង​បើក​ផ្លូវ​ឱ្យ​ស្ថាប័ន​អប់រំ​ផ្សេងៗ​ទៀត​ (ទាំង​សាលា​ឯក​ជន និង​សាលា​រដ្ឋ​) ​ចាប់​ផ្តើម​ដំណើរ​ការដូចគ្នា​នេះ​ដើម្បី​ជា​ប្រយោជន៍​យូរ​អង្វែង​ដល់​សិស្ស​គ្រប់​ៗគ្នា» ។
លោក​ ឃឹម​ ផុន​ ប្រធាន​នាយក​ប្រតិ​បត្តិ​ស្ថាប័ន​អប់រំ ​NTC Group ​បាន​ឲ្យ​ដឹង​ដែរ​ថា ​ទោះ​បី​នេះ​គឺ​ជា​លើក​ដំបូង​ដែល​ស្ថាប័ន​របស់​លោក​បាន​សហ​ការ​ជា​មួយ​អង្គការ​ស៊ីប៉ា​ក៏ដោយ​ ប៉ុន្ដែ​កន្លង​មក​ស្ថាប័ន​អប់រំរបស់​លោក​ក៏ដូច​ជា​សាលា​ទាំងអស់​បាន​ធ្វើ​សកម្ម​ភាព​ជាច្រើន​រួច​មក​ហើយ​ ក្នុង​ការ​ជំរុញ​ការ​អាន​នេះ​ដល់​សិស្ស​ តាម​រយៈ​ការ​បង្កើត​បណ្ណាល័យ​នៅ​គ្រប់​សាលា ​មាន​ទាំង​បណ្ណា​ល័យ​ដែល​មាន​សៀវភៅ​ជា​ភាសា​ខ្មែរ​ និង​អង់​គ្លេស​ដើម្បី​ជំរុញ្​ការ​អាន​បន្ថែម​ដល់​សិស្ស ។
លោក​បាន​បន្ដ​ថា ​«កន្លង​មក​យើង​បាន​បង្កើត​បណ្ណា​ល័យ​ឲ្យ​មាន​នៅ​គ្រប់​ទីតាំង​ទាំង​អស់​នៅ​សាលា​រៀន​របស់​យើង​ ហើយ​បណ្ណា​ល័យ​នោះ​មាន​ពីរផ្នែក​ទៅទៀត​ គឺផ្នែក​ភាសាខ្មែរ ​និង​បណ្ណា​ល័យ​ផ្នែក​ភាសា​អង់គ្លេស ។ ហើយ​យើង​បាន​បំពាក់​នៅ​សៀវ​ភៅ​ទំនើបៗ​ជាច្រើន​ដើម្បី​ជំរុញ​ការ​អាន​ដល់​សិស្ស ​ហើយ​នៅ​ ៣-៤​ឆ្នាំ​ចុង​ក្រោយ​នេះ​ យើង​សង្កេត​ឃើញ​ថា ​សន្ទុះ​នៃ​ការ​អាន​របស់​សិស្ស​មាន​ការ​កើន​ឡើង​ច្រើន​ណាស់​» ។
លោក​ ឃឹម​ផុន​ បាន​អះអាង​ថា «​សន្ទុះ​នៃការ​អាន​ច្រើនដោយ​សារ​មាតាបិតា​របស់​សិស្ស គាត់​បា​ន​ចាប់​អា​រម្មណ៍​ចំពោះ​ការ​អាន​ច្រើន ​ពួកគាត់​បាន​មក​សំណូម​ពរ​ដូច្នេះ​សូម្បី​តែនៅ​ក្នុង​ថ្នាក់ ​ក៏​យើង​មាន​កន្លែង​សម្រាប់​ឲ្យ​សិស្ស​អាន​ដែរ ​ដើម្បី​ជួយ​​ឲ្យ​សិស្ស​ដែល​គាត់​មិន​ទាន់​មាន​កាល​វិភាគ​អាន​ គាត់​អាច​យក​ថ្នាក់​រៀន​របស់​គាត់​ជា​កន្លែង​អាន​ក៏បាន​» ។
លោក​បាន​លើក​ឡើង​ថា ​ការ​សហការ​គ្នា​នេះ​ គឺ​ជា​ពេល​ដ៏ល្អ​មួយ​ដើម្បី​បង្កើន​សកម្មភាព​ជំរុញ​ការ​អាន​នេះ​បន្ថែម​ទៀត​ ព្រោះ​អង្គការ ​ស៊ីប៉ា ​គឺជា​ស្ថាប័ន​ដែល​មាន​ជំនាញ​ស្រាប់​ចំពោះ​រឿង​នេះ ​ដូច្នេះ​ការ​ជំរុញ​ការ​អាន​នៅ​ស្ថាប័ន​អប់រំ​របស់ ​NTC Group និង​រឹត​តែ​ប្រសើរ​ ។ 
លោក​បាន​ឲ្យ​ដឹង​ទៀត​ថា « ​ស្ថាប័ន​អប់រំ​យើង​នឹង​ឲ្យ​អង្គការ​ស៊ីប៉ា ​បង្កើត​យុទ្ធនា​ការ​នៃការ​អាន​នៅ​តាម​សាលា​របស់​យើង​ទាំង​អស់ ​និង​​លើក​ទឹក​ចិត្ត​អាណា​ព្យា​បាល​កុមារ​ឱ្យ​ប្រើ​ប្រាស់​សៀវភៅ Sipar ​នៅ​តាម​ផ្ទះ ដើម្បី​បង្កើត​វប្ប​ធម៌​អំណាន​នៅ​ក្នុង​គ្រួសារ​របស់​សិស្ស​» ៕

Documentary, NTC Group 2016

Executive Meeting 2016, NTC Group

NTC Debate Competition 2016

BY MR. KHIM PHON, Chief Executive Officer of NTC GROUP
Good Morning!
Congratulations to the final round debaters!
I would like to start my remarks with a sincere thank you to the organizing committee and judges for the extremely competent planning and organization of the NTC Debate Competition 2016, as well as for your warmth and superb hospitality

I would also like to especially thank management team, teachers, debaters, parents and all students   for your commitment and great efforts in making this event happen.
NTC Group is an institution that is committed to being one of the leading, educational communities in Cambodia.  It is locally and internationally recognized for the formal and non-formal education that is being offered to Cambodians and non-Cambodians, in partnership with the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports for the development of human resources in Cambodia.
Therefore, all challenging events, which help reinforce the 21st century skills and involve students in research activities at national and international arenas, are encouraged to exist in our schools. For instance, this Debate Competition is the platform and the vital catalyst to promote collaboration, communication, creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving and research activities on and off school campus. These skills are the powerful engines propelling the quality of life forward.

Dear Debaters:
Your academic achievement and record today are not accidentally and magically made, but they come from your comprehensive and exhaustive work to prepare you to the future job prospects.
It is unbelievably to see and hear your exceptional knowledge and skills in dealing with the contemporarily global concerns at your age. You are the generation of change and development. We are really proud of you. Congratulations!!

Dear Participants:
I would also like to take this opportunity to share to you all that “Time does not fail you itself, but you fail your time yourself”. This also implies that nothing can stop time moving forward even though you can stop your watch but still it is impossible at all. Time always satisfies and offers you choices to decide what should or should not be done; you do not deserve these opportunities yourselves.    
“The Best is the enemy of the Better”. This implies that as long as society keeping changing, developing and moving forward you need to keep upgrading and advancing yourselves as well in order to survive in the 21st century. If not you will be left far behind or taken over by the younger generations.
Optimistically, I do hope that you would put these concepts into account and keep upgrading your knowledge and performance.
Finally I would like to express my sincere thank and congratulations on your hard work and significant achievements in fulfilling your duties and loyalty.
And I would like to express my profoundly most gratitude to all participants, especially parents for your continued support in the development and reconstruction of our NTC Group. I firmly convince that the cooperation and friendship among all NTC Group’s staff from every level will be endlessly strengthened and enlarged.
I wish you all to have happiness, success, and prosperity in life.

How to Get Rich - Donald J. Trump

Summary of Keynotes: 

  • Introduction 
  1. If you don’t tell people about your success, they probably won’t know about it. 
  2. I don't do it for the money. 
  3. If you've got big dreams and you're looking for a way to make them happen.  
  4. Keep it short, fast, and direct. 
  • Be a General 
  1. I only work with the best. 
  2. Every decision you make is an important one, whether there are twenty thousand people working for you or just one. 
  3. If you are careful when finding employees, management becomes a lot easier.
  4. Finding people who suit your business style and you'll have fewer problems to deal with as time goes on. 
  5. Creative people rarely need to be motivated - they have their own inner drive that refuses to be bored. 
  • Stay Focused 
  1. My lack of attention was killing my business. 
  • Get a Great Assistant 
  1. Surround yourself with people you can trust. 
  2. A great one can make your life a whole lot easier.
  3. You don't have to be beautiful to work for me - just be good at your job. 
  • Remember: The Buck Starts Here 
  1. Don't expect your employees to work harder than you do. 
  2. Growth is an indication of life, so keep your organization moving forward at all time. 
  3. If you can't get excited about what you are doing, how can you expect anyone else to?
  • Every New Hire Is a Gamble 
  1. What I look for in employees is a sense responsibility that goes beyond what is merely sufficient. 
  2. People who take pride in their work are the kind you want to have around. 
  3. You can't expect to be a valuable employee if you don't make yourself valuable. 
  • Ideas are Welcome, but Make Sure You have the Right One
  1. If you run a company make yourself accessible to your employees. If they feel they can bring idea to you, they will. If they feel they can't, they won't.
  2. You might miss out a lot of good ideas, and pretty soon you might be missing a lot of employees.
  • Focus on the Talent Instead of the Tittle 
  1. Why spend time looking outside the organization when you have all the people you need right beside you?
  2. Very often, your resources are greater than you might think. 
  3. People are multifaceted, and it's important to let them function in a way that will allow them to shine.
  • Keep Your Door Open
  1. Graduation from college is a beginning, not an ending. 
  2. Each success is the beginning of the next one. 
  3. Learning is a new beginning we can give ourselves every day. 
  4. A know-it-all is like a closed door. 
  5. The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. 
  • Ask for Your Raise at the Right Time
  1. The best way to ask for a raise is to wait for the right time.
  2. Money, like comedy, is all about timing. 
  3. Doing what you love will always make you a winner. 
  • Teach Your Children the Value of a Dollar 
  1. If your children see you being careless with money, they will assume it's okay for them to be careless.
  2. If you obviously enjoy going to Las Vegas to gamble, it's likely they'll think this is a good thing and they will follow suit.
  3. Not teaching your kids about money is like not caring whether they eat. 
  4. If they don't learn about money from you, who's going to teach them?
  5. Let them know that having money isn't necessarily a sign of greed, it's an important element for survival.
  • Invest Simply 
  1. To invest only in products you understand, with people you know and you can trust. Sometimes the best investments are the ones you don't make. 
  • The Secrets of Negotiation 
  1. Power is merely the ability to convince people to accept your ideas. 
  2. Know what you are doing, that's where the real power comes from. 
  3. Don't expect people to believe your blarney simply because you are good at delivering it. 
  4. Let them know you're on the same level in some ways.
  5. If you walk into a negotiation and know nothing about the other party, let them talk, listen to their tone, observe their body language, and determine whether they really want to make a deal or just show you how smart they are. 
  6. Research who you are dealing with, how they negotiate, and what they want from you.