Every building administrator must be proactive to accomplish the demands of educating children for the twenty-first century. This entails making ethical decisions, building relationships, prioritizing school safety, and developing excellent communication skills that utilize data as a baseline. As a new administrator, it is very difficult to be an educational leader without having a predetermined map of what and where to lead. Preparing to Be Next in Line: A Guide to the Principalship provides that navigational tool so that every administrator can be successful. Separating the theory from practical solutions, this text can be used as a resource for the novice administrator. The guide is based upon best practice and active research, and will provide new principals with both the theory and the practical aspects that will guarantee their successful tenures as principal.