Minds Unleashed :: The Secret Solution

The Secret Solution: How One Principal Discovered the Path to Success

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Publisher: R&L Education December 24, 2013.

Book Information

Book Summary

2013 • 120 pages

Hardback: 978-1-4758-0613-7

Paperback: 978-1-4758-0614-4

eBook: 978-1-4758-0615-1

Hardback $40.00 | Paperback $23.95 | eBook $22.99

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The secret of effective leadership can elude even the best principals. In The Secret Solution: How One Principal Discovered the Path to Success, a principal travels a journey through four distinct leadership styles as he works to transform a school. On this journey, he encounters characters familiar to all of us who have worked in education, including superstars, fence-sitters, and even bullies. This quick-reading parable provides practical guidance for both current and future administrators, immediately relevant in applying knowledge to practice. Readers will quickly recognize staff from their own buildings who come to life in this engaging story.

About the Authors

Todd Whitaker is a Professor of Educational Leadership at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. He is a former teacher and principal and has written over 30 books and has presented to hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.

Ryan Donlan is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership Department at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. He is a former teacher, principal, and superintendent, and is an authority and trainer in promoting positive human relations, leadership development, and school improvement.

Sam Miller is Superintendent of the Solon Community School District in Solon, Iowa. He is a former teacher, coach, and principal, and serves as a consultant in leadership development and school improvement.


“The Secret Solution is an easy read, and a powerful guide to help leaders know as much of what NOT to do, as well as a practical formula for success. This book is a great example of how to cultivate greatness within yourself in order to be able to mentor the others around you to their potential. Anyone who is venturing down a path of campus management will benefit from the mistakes and lessons learned from The Secret Solution. — Amber Teamann, assistant principal, Garland ISD

“The Secret Solution is a great read that perfectly blends What Great Principals Do Differently and an enjoyable fiction novel. This book is a must read for any aspiring, new or veteran principal. As you follow “Roger Rookie” on his journey as a principal you’ll likely recognize several common issues encountered in any school and learn from how he overcomes these obstacles to transform his school. Enjoy an easy read, while learning how to improve your school with The Secret Solution!”— Jessica Johnson, principal/district assessment coordinator, Dodgeland Elementary School, Dodgeland, Wisconsin