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Leader Credibility

The Essential Traits of Those Who Engage, Inspire, and Transform

By: Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, Cathy Lassiter, Dominique Smith

With Leader Credibility, learn how to attain the qualities that all school leaders need: trustworthiness, competence, dynamism, immediacy, and forward-thinking.
Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071889107
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2022
  • Page Count: 160
  • Publication date: July 18, 2022

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Passion, vision, relatability—can we ever quantify the facets of successful leadership? Is there sufficient “there-there” behind these feel-good words to transform a school into a culture of learning and bold hope? Yes, and yes!  Inspired by John Hattie’s impressive research, Fisher, Frey, Lassiter, and Smith bring their trademark clarity to turn aspiration into energized action.

For each of the five components that all effective leaders possess—trustworthiness, competence, dynamism, immediacy, and forward-thinking—leaders learn the first steps and bold leaps to mentor others.  Each chapter abounds with professional development tools, including: 
  • Self-assessments so you know your baseline
  • Pause and ponder questions to envision change
  • REAL features to lead with alacrity
  • Checklists to stay focused and strategic
  • Relevant research to assimilate and share
Now more than ever, schools need to be places where openness and trust are baked into every hallway hello and every meeting, so collective talents can take us farther than we ever imagined. Let Leader Credibility be your guide to steering others to that greatness. 


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Douglas Fisher

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is professor and chair of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. Previously, Doug was an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator. He is the recipient of an International Reading Association William S. Grey citation of merit and an Exemplary Leader award from the Conference on English Leadership of NCTE. He has published numerous articles on teaching and learning as well as books such as The Teacher Clarity Playbook, PLC+, Visible Learning for Literacy, Comprehension: The Skill, Will, and Thrill of Reading, How Tutoring Works, and How Learning Works. Doug loves being an educator and hopes to share that passion with others.

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Nancy Frey

Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is a Professor in Educational Leadership at San Diego State and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. She is a member of the International Literacy Association’s Literacy Research Panel. Her published titles include Visible Learning in Literacy, This Is Balanced Literacy, Removing Labels, and Rebound. Nancy is a credentialed special educator, reading specialist, and administrator in California and learns from teachers and students every day.
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Cathy Lassiter

Cathy Lassiter, Ed.D., is an international consultant with over 35 years of combined experience as a public-school teacher, principal, central office administrator, and consultant. Her areas of expertise are in Visible Learning, Teacher Clarity, and all aspect of school leadership. Cathy is the author of Everyday Courage for School Leaders, published by Corwin in 2017 and in 2022 she co-authored How Leadership Works and Leader Credibility with Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Dominque Smith. In addition to serving in the roles as Executive Director of Middle Schools and Senior Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Staff Development, Cathy was a successful middle school principal and was named Virginia’s Middle School Principal of the Year for the success of her school. Cathy has served as an adjunct professor for The George Washington University, teaching graduate courses in educational leadership.

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Dominique Smith

Dominique Smith, Ed.D. is Chief of Educational Services and Teacher Support at Health Sciences High and Middle College in San Diego, CA. He is passionate about creating school cultures that honor students and build their confidence and competence. Smith's major area of research and instruction focuses on restorative practices, classroom management, growth mindset, and the culture of achievement. In addition to his school leadership responsibilities, Smith provides professional learning to K–12 teachers in groups large and small, on many topics that address classroom and school climate and organization. He is a regular presenter at many conferences, including Empower (ASCD's annual conference). Smith holds his doctorate in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University with a focus on equity and a Master's degree in social work from the University of Southern California. He also holds credentials from San Diego State University in administrative services, child welfare, PPS, and attendance. He is the winner of the National School Safety Award from the School Safety Advocacy Council. He delivered a TED Talk in 2018 about building relationships between students and teachers.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Michael Fullan

Chapter 1: From Teacher Credibility to Leader Credibility

Chapter 2: Trustworthiness in Leadership

Chapter 3: Competence: The Language and Skills of Leaders

Chapter 4: Dynamism: Passion, Excitement and Self-Confidence to Build Credibility

Chapter 5: Immediacy: Verbal and Nonverbal Indicators of Relatedness

Chapter 6: Forward-Thinking to be Future Ready