An effective school administrator must start with a clear conception of the goals and purpose of the institution. Based on sound theories of learning and teaching, those goals have to exist not only on a mission statement, but also pervade the policies of the school. Dealings with teachers, subjects, students, and other administrators should flow naturally from the overall school vision. The administrator has to then continually be aware of whether or not the goals are being met, having the flexibility to intervene and adjust elements of the educational program in various ways until the goals are achieved.
Foundations of School Administration