Five Levels of Listening

Five Levels of Listening

Learning how to listen is a vital step in becoming an effective leader. According to research conducted by Personality Insights, the average executive spends two hours talking each day but eight hours listening. After spending two hours at home with my five year old...
A Response to The News & Observer

A Response to The News & Observer

The following letter is a response to The News & Observer article entitled,“Report: Close charter schools that aren’t diverse”, originally published on March 16, 2018.  As a former traditional public school teacher and public charter school principal, I find...

One Great School Everyone Should Visit

For the last six years, I have studied and analyzed the most effective public charter schools across the country. This analysis has lead me to conclude that there are six common characteristics that all schools share: Clearly defined mission and purpose. Expanded...

To be an effective leader you must have vision

On October 6, we hosted a 100 leaders for a leadership conference in Raleigh called, “Live2Lead” where leadership expert, John Maxwell, served as  one of the speakers. During his talk, John stated that the number one characteristic of an effective leader is vision....

How do you improve your ability to lead others?

“Those who think they lead and have no one who follow are merely taking a walk.” This leadership proverb has shaped the way I have viewed leadership since the first time I read it over three years ago. It defines my daily actions, communications, decision-making and...

What’s your top ten?

When I first became a principal over forty years ago, the world was a very different place and I was a very different person. Having achieved my goal of being a principal at the age of twenty-eight, I was pretty full of myself and was proud that I had authority over...
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