'From the theoretical to the practical, the author clearly understands what it is like to serve as a principal. I love the practicality of the text; the real life of the principal is seen through the vignettes' - Bonnie Tryon, Principal, Golding Elementary School, Cobleskill, NY'This book is relevant for new and veteran administrators. It is very insightful and validating, and will help guide administrators to improve their abilities' - Darin Drill, Principal, Cascade High School, Turner, ORHow do headteachers establish themselves as caring and collaborative leaders while maintaining authority? This must-have guide reconciles the competing priorities inherent in a headteacher's day-to-day responsibilities. Not only will it assist new and experienced headteachers in their efforts to compassionately position teachers and children for success, but it will also help them to understand how and when it makes sense to practice the art of tough decision making.Readers will discover how to: * Work effectively with school staff, administrators, support personnel, and parents * Achieve the delicate balance between acting as a compassionate leader and tough decision maker * Use a wide variety of tips and techniques in their daily practice Discover how the most influential headteachers merge firm management with caring leadership to foster school success.