School leaders face increasingly complex challenges that require the implementation of efficient, collaborative decision-making practices. Developing approaches that nurture a culture of trust throughout the school community allows leaders to face adverse situations with greater consistency and stability. The Trust Imperative: Practical Approaches to Effective School Leadership provides school leaders with a practitioner’s perspective on how best to foster a culture of trust throughout the school community, with specific strategies and ideas to be adapted and followed that can transform the work of the school leader. Readers will leave each chapter with renewed or revised thinking about their own leadership style and practices, improving their work life and creating an organization where students and staff feel trusted and empowered.
Andrew Dolloff is a 25-year veteran of school leadership, having been a high school principal and superintendent of schools in several award-wining districts. While teaching graduate courses for aspiring school leaders and working alongside veteran administrators over the past two decades, he has defined and implemented practical approaches to school leadership that lead to a more trusting relationship at all levels of the organization.
Chapter 1: The Importance of a Trust-Filled School
Part I: Building Trust through Personal Competencies
Chapter 2: Empathy, Integrity, and Ethical Leadership
Chapter 3: Restraint, Composure, and A Call for Civility
Chapter 4: Courage
Chapter 5: Intentional Trust
Part II: Fostering Trust with School Staff
Chapter 6: Staff Relations
Chapter 7: Management at the Core of Leadership
Chapter 8: Collaborative Trust
Part III: Fostering Trust with Students
Chapter 9: Leading for All
Chapter 10: Hiring for Kids
Chapter 11: Rigidity, High Standards, and a Trusting Student Body
Part IV: Trust Beyond the Schoolyard
Chapter 12: Fostering Family Trust
Chapter 13: Community Trust
Chapter 14: Meet the Press
Part V: Trust at the Leadership Level
Chapter 15: Leading the Board
Chapter 16: A Mission of Trust
Chapter 17: Planning for Trust
Part VI: Personal Trust
Chapter 18: Building Personal Trust through Self-Care
Chapter 19: Being the Type of Leader You’d Like to Follow
About the Author
In The Trust Imperative: Practical Approaches to Effective School Leadership, Andrew Dolloff offers readers an exceedingly insightful, substantive, and terrific reflection on leadership. Andrew has crafted an important read and resource for aspiring and practicing school leaders. As a gifted and reflective practitioner, he has captured the essence of leading effectively, not only in schools, but in all walks of life. And as an astute observer of schools and their communities, he offers an important glimpse into the authentic fabric of school leadership, recognizing and championing the cornerstones of trust, relationships, ethics, and equity.
In his book, The Trust Imperative, Andrew Dolloff presents a thoughtful and practical exploration of the part trust plays in creating a safe, equitable, productive, and respectful environment for student learning. Both emerging and experienced leaders will find insights and methodologies that remind us of ways to build trust on a consistent basis. This book can also serve as a handy reference to help school leaders periodically reflect upon their own wellness, and upon their progress toward building trust throughout the educational community.
Whether you are a seasoned administrator or an aspiring school leader, The Trust Imperative will assist you in examining and building leadership practices based on trust, ethical leadership, and strong relationships with all stakeholders. Any leader interested in building equitable, innovative school communities will benefit from the insightful recommendations, vivid accounts of situations and decisions school leaders face, and thought-provoking questions interspersed throughout each chapter. Readers will emerge from this book with a renewed commitment to seek opportunities to build trust through each interaction and to continuously reflect upon and improve their leadership practices.
The Trust Imperative is a must read for any educator who is a current school leader or considering a career in administration. Whether you are a veteran administrator reflecting upon your practice, in the early days of your career seeking direction or affirmation, or an aspiring school leader, Andrew Dolloff provides a practical perspective on the effective and necessary skills needed in building a “trust filled” school. Simply and succinctly, it is about ethical leadership based on integrity, empathy, and trust. The Trust Imperative should be required reading in any graduate school’s educational leadership course and should have a place on the shelf of every school administrator.