IT'S always important for principals to differentiate between right and wrong.
These were the words of USP economist Professor Biman Prasad while opening the Fiji Principals Conference in Labasa yesterday.
"As leaders, if we are not able to do that, we would be sending a wrong signal to our students," he said.
"When your colleagues and students, school management and community trust and respect you, it's because you as principals possess and embody certain admirable qualities that inspire them.
"These qualities include humility, understanding and tolerance of others' point of views rather than being dictatorial and unapproachable in your dealings with students.
"Any form of dictatorship in school leadership is not going to work in this day and age."
Principals, Dr Prasad said, should be able to create an environment of collegial debate, allow different viewpoints among students and staff and nurture dissent and respectful disagreement to move towards innovation and excellence.