A trusted school leader exemplifies Connection when he or she “fosters shared beliefs and a sense of community and cooperation.”[1] Shaping the schools’ culture and fostering community is a challenging responsibility for school leaders. They need to be careful not to abandon or abdicate their role, while at the same time empowering those they manage with shaping, building, and manifesting the school’s sense of community. We are relational beings and we function best when we operate in dependence of each other. An effective model of school leadership is one of empowering others to the greatest extent possible, without abdicating or withholding involvement and responsibility. Here are six components to support that work, and their effectiveness is built on a single and shared factor. Each component must be INTENTIONAL.

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