Some ideas from Patrick Lencioni’s recent book, The 6 Types of Working Genius

Principals sometimes feel overwhelmed because they lack certain skills needed for their job, especially when leading big changes at school. Lencioni talks about six types of strengths that help people get things done. These strengths can be either really good (genius), okay (competent), or really hard (frustrating).

For example, some people are great at thinking of new ideas (invention), while others are good at motivating people (galvanizing). Knowing your strengths can help you focus on what you’re good at and find others to help with what you’re not so good at. The six strengths are Wonder, Innovation, Discipline, Galvanizing, Enablement, and Tenacity.

If a principal is struggling with tasks that don’t match their strengths, like paperwork or scheduling, they should think about delegating those tasks to someone else on their team who enjoys them more. This helps everyone work better and feel happier.

Overall, using this model can help principals manage their workload better and find more joy in their job. It’s about working smarter, not harder, and sharing responsibilities to achieve success.

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