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Remember to focus on what matters

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“Always remember what’s important,” exhorts a school administrator who offers these three tips:

√ Cherish obscurity. The less attention you draw, the freer you will be to pursue your mission.

√ Keep your priorities straight. Put the people you serve first. In this case, the tip was to remember that what’s important to teachers or school leaders might not matter to students and their parents. Education comes first.

√ Avoid fads. Stick to the program. More important than paperwork or email is your physical presence. Stop by and visit your team members every day to find out what’s happening, share good ideas and ask if you can help.

— Adapted from Creating a Successful Leadership Style, Charles Bonnici, Rowman & Littlefield.

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