Avoiding School Leadership Burnout

Principals begin their year with fresh ideas, innovative programming, and creative solutions to current challenges.  Then, demands appear from all directions and the focus is often blurred…or even lost.  With all the expectations, how can principals successfully fulfill the roles and responsibilities, maintain a balanced personal life, and yet avoid burnout?  What essential techniques are needed to ensure positive energy is freely flowing through the principal, into the hallways, and throughout the community of learners?