In Journey to Success: Navigating the Treacherous Slopes of Working with a Variety of People, educational administrators find themselves on a journey through the universe to find the keys to successful leadership. By embracing certain qualities, carrying out specific actions, and refraining from making the same mistakes that others—from a variety of places, both real and imaginative—have made, anyone who has educating others as their primary goal will find success through an analysis of those who have trekked through adversity.
This journey begins here. Destination: Atlantian Fields. Mission: to build a school district from the ground up. Accompanying us on that journey are several people. Some have worked as school administrators while others spent their entire careers in the classroom. Each is seated next to some fictional characters from another dimension, who somehow have a strange parallel to them.
While digesting a mixture of humor, reality, and imagination, all current and future leaders will find a portal to a successful career by embracing a set of recommended qualities and appropriate action steps. Through a careful analysis of the experiences of real and fictional leaders and characters, educational administrators will be able to extract key elements of effective leadership and walk away with a greater sense of how to effectively navigate both short- and long-term conflicts.
Steven A. DiStefano has been an educator in upstate New York for nearly thirty years, spending more than half of it as a high school principal. He currently resides in the same community of the high school he has led for the last twelve years.
Chapter 1. Keep Your Teachers Current
Chapter 2. Build and Maintain Trust
Chapter 3. Build Community
Chapter 4. Think Outside of the Box
Chapter 5. Be Empathetic and Compassionate
Chapter 6. Believe in the Magic of Every Child Every Day
Chapter 7. Building Atlantian Fields School District
Chapter 8. Creators of Our Universe: Adopt and Adapt
Just as Rod Serling examined American life through the lens of the iconic television series The Twilight Zone, Steven A. DiStefano utilizes famous episodes of the series as guidance for educational leaders. Journey to Success: Navigating the Treacherous Slopes of Working with a Variety of People is a must-read for all educational administrators who want to further develop their leadership skills.
Steven A. DiStefano weaves best practices in leadership with an engaging storyline that assists readers in reflecting on their own practice. He deftly connects leadership lessons with some of Rod Serling’s classic Twilight Zone themes in a fun and thoughtful manner. Journey to Success is a must-read for all school leaders who are looking to improve their practice; I haven’t read a leadership book quite like this and couldn’t put it down!
Journey to Success: Navigating the Treacherous Slopes of Working with a Variety of People is a creative, fun sci-fi adventure that explores issues in educational leadership through the power of narrative.