Building on a desire for easy-to-implement best practices from educators and administrators, Asbury University professor Rocky Wallace has published a series of four books on servant leadership.
The books follow a fictional retired principal, “John,” as he mentors different younger, “greener” principals. Structured as a series of conversations between John and his mentee, each chapter includes a reading recommendation of other resources that address the chapter’s main topic. Core values, ethics and other leadership concepts are fleshed out through vignettes of situations current school administrators are likely to encounter.
Many of the topics discussed in the books flow from Wallace’s own observations as a principal in Kentucky’s P-12 system and as a leadership consultant at the Kentucky Department of Education.
“A lot of education material is academic and scholarly,” said Wallace. “This takes a different approach. These stories are very typical of the things principals face.”
The books are available from the publisher, Rowman and Littlefield Education, by searching at www.rowman.com. Their titles are “Principal to Principal: Conversations in Servant Leadership and School Transformation,” “The Servant Leader and High School Change: More Lessons from Principal to Principal,” “Breaking Away from the Corporate Model: Even More Lessons from Principal to Principal” and “Servant Leadership: Leaving a Legacy.”