Principals lead schools in preparing students for successful lives. They are expected to be leaders and guide administrators through vision, instructional leadership, data analysis and planning. It seems pretty clear and defined, right? Yet, most often, if you ask veteran principals if they were prepared to become a principal, they will say “I thought I was until I found myself sitting in that chair.” That answer doesn’t mean they weren’t adequately trained and didn’t have sufficient teaching experiences or internships. It simply means comprehending the significance and complexity of the principalship isn’t something you can fully appreciate until you have walked in the shoes of the principal.