Being a Smart Ass Isn’t Leadership

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Recently, I observed a Principal who was sitting with some teachers during a staff development session. A nice guy with a quick wit.  For each point made by the trainer, he had the funny, sarcastic example that belittled the point.  When doing a group exercise, he focused of the attributes of two of the teachers at his table.  Making fun of both, one in a positive way, the other in a negative way.

He evidently missed E. Don Brown’s first lesson of the Principalship, “The Principal doesn’t get to have a sense of humor… the stakes are too high.” 

Our comedian (and he was funny) diminished the importance of the training session and put a staff member in the position of have to laugh at her own unflattering characterization.

Oh, and his campus is losing ground to his peer campuses.

Who’s laughing now?

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