January 28, 2016 by

Inspiring Questions All School Leaders Should Ask Themselves


How can school leaders inspire excellence in their entire school community? In the book The Principal 50: Critical Leadership Questions for Inspiring Schoolwide Excellence, award-winning former principal Baruti Kafele outlines 50 self-reflection questions school leaders should ask themselves to establish a deeper understanding of the work they do. Intended for current and aspiring principals, this book shares insight into how leaders can reinvigorate their practice and revitalize their staff to ensure success in classrooms, schools, and beyond.

Below, we’ve shared 10 of the 50 questions Kafele poses in his book on the topic of accountability. With each question, Kafele offers guidance on how to maintain strong leadership habits and deepen relationships with students.

Want to learn more about inspiring excellence in your school? Sign up today to attend Kafele’s one-day pre-conference institute at the 71st Annual Conference and Exhibit Show in Atlanta, on April 1, 2016. School leaders can also order a copy of The Principal 50 in the ASCD online store.


Mary Melvin is a communications specialist at ASCD.