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Releasing Leadership Brilliance
Breaking Sound Barriers in Education

Foreword by Russell J. Quaglia



© 2017 | 168 pages | Corwin

What separates good leaders from brilliant ones?

How do you successfully move your school or district from mediocrity to brilliance? Drawing on their vast expertise in the business and education worlds, the authors provide a simple and sustainable framework that will help you overcome educational inertia to reach new heights of achievement. The authors use the four forces of flight as a powerful metaphor:

  • Weight: Reveal your Personal Brilliance through self-discovery
  • Lift: Expand Collaboration Brilliance through collaboration with all stakeholders
  • Thrust: Drive Team Brilliance by encouraging smart risks and designing potent changes
  • Reduce Drag: Tap into Student Brilliance by unleashing imagination, resilience, and hope

With relevant case studies and tangible tools and techniques, Releasing Leadership Brilliance will show you how to make deep, lasting change in your school or district.

Download the free study guide at releasingleadershipbrilliance.com

"It’s unbelievable that this compact book could hold that much information and examples in only four chapters. Great read! Great examples! This book is a call to action. I’m unable to read this book and not want to try something new!"
Delsia Malone, Principal
W. E. Striplin Elementary, Gadsden, AL

“The quest to find our best selves, live our best lives, and shine with our own brilliance is the heart’s desire of every human being. NASSP supports Great Leaders in every school who are committed to the success of each student. Through this commitment we provide resources to school leaders as they journey to develop themselves, their teachers, and their students. NASSP enthusiastically endorses this book. This book is a brilliant light.”
Dr. Beverly Hutton
NASSP Deputy Executive Directer/Chief Program Officer

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Introduction: Applying the Physics of Flight to the Educational System
 
Chapter 1: Personal Brilliance—Knowing Yourself Gives You “Weight” for Flight
 
Chapter 2: Collaborative Brilliance—Broadening the Vision Gives You “Lift”
 
Chapter 3: Team Brilliance—Building Capacity to Collaborate Gives You “Thrust”
 
Chapter 4: Student Brilliance—Soars When You “Reduce Drag”
 
Chapter 5: Breaking Sound Barriers
 
Are you ready to join the I-Break-Barriers Community?
 
Appendices of Exercises in the Book
 
Recommended Reading List
 
Bibliography
 
Index

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"The quest to find our best selves, live our best lives, and shine with our own brilliance is the heart’s desire of every human being. Two people compelled to help us find that pathway, and acknowledge our brilliance have been divinely called. NASSP supports Great Leaders in every school who are committed to the success of each student. Through this commitment we provide resources to school leaders as they journey to develop themselves, their teachers, and their students. NASSP enthusiastically endorses this book and readily shared the stories of the leaders of our BreakThrough Schools to move Simon T. Bailey and Marceta Reilly’s message of 'Brilliance' forward. This book is a brilliant light."

Dr. Beverly Hutton, NASSP Deputy Executive Directer/Chief Program Officer
Reston, VA

"I’m glad someone took the time to study the Breakthrough Schools and clarify their secrets to success. I encourage leaders everywhere to use the text to inspire new thinking and powerful actions. Love the organizer for addressing leadership as well as the case studies and exercises. "

Stephanie Hirsh, Executive Director
Learning Forward

"As a former small plane pilot I was excited to see Simon Bailey and Marceta Reilly use a flight metaphor and found it very accurate—for both flying and education! In their new book, Releasing Leadership Brilliance: Breaking Sound Barriers in Education, their  emphasis on culture building and bringing out each person’s brilliance responds perfectly to negative issues of compliance and complaints about new initiatives that educators insist will not work. As Bailey and Reilly point out, by not focusing on what drags you down and focusing instead on what lifts you up and thrusts you forward, the brilliance of each individual in an educational community may shine. Their book provides rich examples of school leaders who have focused on what they can do rather than on what they cannot and practical exercises that assist school teams along their glide slopes toward successful touchdowns with students."

Dr. Linda Gross, Author & Consultant
Council of School Administrators, New York City

"A fanciful query into concise actions that can be used to create change in impactful ways. This book is a valuable guide to helping educators focus change that has the promise to spark improvement."

Billy Ray Jones, Principal
South Jones High School, Ellisville, MS

"In their book, Releasing Leadership Brilliance, the authors first create an inspirational metaphor for supporting student-centered change in schools: Breaking the Sound Barrier.  Building on this metaphor, they provide explanation, examples, tools, and resources for implementation.  I encourage all educators to pick up a copy to see how you can help your students break the sound barrier."

John Heim, Executive Director
Kansas Association of School Boards, Topeka

"It’s unbelievable that this compact book could hold that much information and examples in only four chapters. Great read! Great examples! This book is a call to action. I’m unable to read this book and not want to try something new!"

Delsia Malone, Principal
W. E. Striplin Elementary, Gadsden, AL

"Releasing Leadership Brilliance: Breaking Sound Barriers in Education is about big change in our schools and how to make these changes across our country—regardless of the zip code of the school. It’s purpose is to help educational leaders SOAR, finding both personal and team BRILLIANCE! A driving question, 'Are you a boss with an agenda or a leader with a vision?' The stories shared are compelling and inspiring; highlighting the powerful role of building principals who have transformed schools into places of learning where EVERYONE THRIVES! Each of these principals focused on relationships, learning teams, and a culture of caring—hug children with your words. The authors challenge educators, asking, 'Are your limiting beliefs creating barriers to reach your brilliance?' Anchored in solid research, but written from the viewpoint of caring, courageous, uplifting educators, this book is a must read."

Dayna Richardson, Executive Director
Kansas Learning Forward

"Rarely are school leaders presented with a comprehensive leadership book that addresses all the players in the educational arena—the leader, community members, instructional staff and students.  The expertise shared by the authors—a business executive and a former superintendent/leadership coach—provide exercises, tools, and resources designed to break the sound barrier of limiting beliefs for each of these populations. The stories included from courageous school leaders offer hope to practicing practitioners intent on using the expertise inside their system to bring lasting instructional change for all the students they serve.  Bravo!"

Edna Harris, Coaching for Results founding member
Coaching for Results

"Releasing Leadership Brilliance brings together work from several major educational researchers and cohesively forms practical strategies, techniques, and tools for educational leaders."

Glen Ishiwata, Retired Superintendent
Moreland School District, San Jose, CA

"The language in the book speaks directly to educators. The book contains the right mix of fact, life, and guidance. The authors have authenticity by virtue of having lived the experiences."

Neil MacNeill, Head Master
Ellenbrook Independent Primary School, WA Australia

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