Message from the President - SAPA FREE STATE - South African Principals' Association of FREE STATE

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Message from the President


A word from the President

John C Maxwell asserts that: “To change the direction of the organisation, change the leader: Leadership ability is always the lid on personal and organisational effectiveness. If the leadership is strong, the lead is high. But if its’s not, then the organisation is limited. That’s why in times of trouble, organisations naturally look for new leadership. When the country is experiencing hard times, it elects a new president. When a church is floundering, it searches for a new pastor. When a sports team keeps losing, it looks for a new head coach. When a company is losing money, it hires a new CEO”.   

Subsequently, to reach the highest level of effectiveness, one has to raise the lid of leadership ability. SAPA Free State continuously endeavor to inculcate a team mind-set believing that investing in a team almost quarantees a high return for the effort, because a team can do so much more than individuals.
Our school managers are currently expected to display high standards of ethical leadership in order to justify  their roles in managing and leading educational institutions. To succeed in implementing and managing the curriculum, they have to consider fundamental ethical principles which are:

The Principle of Respect for Autonomy: School managers have an obligation to respect the autonomy of other persons, which is to respect the decisions made by other people concerning their own lives. This is also called the principle of human dignity. It gives them a negative duty not to interfere with the decisions of competent adults, and a positive duty to empower others for whom they are responsible.
  • The Principle of Beneficence: School managers have an obligation to bring about good in all actions.
  • The Principle of nonmaleficence: School managers have an obligation not to harm others: "First, do no harm."
  • The Principle of justice: School managers have an obligation to provide others with whatever they are owed or deserve. As public figures, they have an obligation to treat all people equally, fairly, and impartially.

Let me take this opportunity to indicate that as school managers-leaders, we emerge as much needed voices for the voiceless. We do what is not only right but what is necessary to bring about a tomorrow that includes, not divides. Consequently, SAPA Free State continues to create platforms for members to remain empowered in the quest for a better educational environment. Therefore, our deserving members are mobilized, encouraged, stirred to support and attend planned annual conferences, workshops, training sessions and seminars.

Finally, I appeal to principals and deputy principals to participate in SAPA Free State activities in order to fulfil the Integrated Quality Management System’s (IQMS) requirement on “Professional development in the field of work/career and participation in professional bodies” (Performance Standard 5).
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