How it works: The methodology

The Balanced Leadership Profile is designed specifically for principals, including assistant principals and aspiring principals, to reflect on and assess performance in 21 areas of responsibility correlated with student achievement. In addition to providing self-assessment data on these 21 leadership responsibilities, this instrument will indicate, from an individual perspective, if the initiative you are leading at your school is a first-order change or a second-order change.

If you choose to ask the teachers in your school to provide you with feedback about your leadership practice, their feedback is guaranteed to be anonymous and confidential. In order to protect their anonymity, a minimum of five teachers must complete the survey successfully. You also may ask your immediate supervisor to take the survey, which gives you feedback about your performance in the 21 leadership responsibilities from a different perspective.

Upon conclusion of the survey, you will receive a report that includes data based on your responses, data based on the teachers' responses and input from your supervisor. The report will provide multi-dimensional feedback on your performance in the 21 leadership responsibilities and the magnitude of change implied by the improvement initiative that you selected. Your report also will provide valuable guidance on the next steps you may consider based on the outcome of your results.

This report is not intended to be used for evaluation purposes. It is designed to help you identify your areas of strength and areas in which you may want to improve your performance. This information may be particularly useful as you develop a professional development or growth plan to enhance the positive impact of your leadership on student achievement.

In addition, the Balanced Leadership Profile site is populated with resources that you can use to improve your performance in each of the 21 leadership responsibilities and to improve your effectiveness in assessing, initiating, and leading change. Resources are either developed by McREL or resources that McREL deems promising for improving leadership practices.