At times, being an educational leader can feel like you are walking through a never ending minefield. Parent complaints, bad press reports, angry board members, contract issues, the list is endless. Avoid your natural instinct to win every battle that comes your way. Most battles carry political costs and benefits. Sometimes winning the war means strategically losing some of the battles along the way. As a leader, look at the big picture from the mountaintop to analyze strategy.

The gift of time is one of the greatest gifts you can bestow on a busy professional. One deadly mistake as a leader is to bore your staff to death with meetings; everyone is just as busy as you are.  A main rule, if possible is to provide information that could be delivered in a memo rather than holding court just for the sake of holding a meeting.  So the next time you are in a leadership meeting, look around the room.  If everyone looks as if they have just lost the will to live, consider hosting your next meeting in a memo.

Research suggests that affirming people's accomplishments at work can lead to higher employee moral and satisfaction.  People want to feel validated in the workplace and as the leader you have the power and the responsibly to confirm that those who work in your organization matter and what they do has value. One way to do this is to make people feel appreciated by sharing the credit with those who worked on a project with you.  It's easier than you may think. While you may believe you need the credit to help your career, giving away some of it to your team is actually a better career move. Leadership involves building effective teams and sharing the power; no one wants their leader to "hog" the limelight.