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Principal Characteristics to Lead the MSD

Leadership Qualities

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is seeking the broadest input possible to inform the qualities and characteristics the incoming principal should possess to be an effective leader for the Michigan School for the Deaf (MSD).  This survey provides an opportunity to share your thoughts and input.  

The MDE has heard from the MSD community the importance of the following characteristics for the next principal at MSD:
  • Understanding of instructional practices and curriculum to meet the needs of every learner
  • A minimum of 5 years experience working with learners who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • A high level of ASL proficiency
In addition, the MDE has identified the following qualities as critical for success in any leadership position.  
  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Confidence in her/his own decisions and qualities
  • Ability to inspire others
  • Commitment & passion
  • Good communicator
  • Decisiveness 
  • Ability to hold self and others accountable 
  • Ability to delegate responsibilities appropriately & empower staff
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Empathy
These characteristics represent a baseline. The success of MSD is contingent on a partnership between the MDE, MSD, and the community. Your responses below will be shared with the interview committee and inform the hiring of the next principal at MSD. Thank you in advance.    
1. Please rank the following Characteristics in terms of importance to effective leadership for MSD (1 = most important; 5 = least important): Note: for the following table each column is restricted to a single answer across all rows.
2. Please list up to 3 additional characteristics (beyond those listed above) you feel are critical for the incoming principal of the Michigan School for the Deaf to possess in order to be an effective leader:
Space Cell Characteristics: