Musings from a Principal’s Office: What Principals Need to Know About Fostering Effective Relationships in Schools

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  • Fostering effective relationships in school can support the development of staff and students. The purpose of this literature review is to share with principals the necessity of fostering effective relationships in their schools, what role trust plays in the construction and maintenance of relationships and what can be done when a relationship suffers in some way. The literature indicates the character traits of benevolence, reliability, competence, honesty, and openness (Tschannen-Moran, 1998, p. 9) are all beneficial to leaders whose desire it is to build trusting relationships in their organizations. Principals are human and therefore will make mistakes. The literature suggests the existence of stronger relationships between leaders and followers will more likely result in mistakes being forgiven. In the event there is a breach in trust, the literature also reviews steps to be taken in making amends; these are (a) admit to the mistake and (b) apologize.

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