The Book


Our book is entitled, Releasing Leadership Brilliance: Breaking Sound Barriers in Education. Using the four forces of flight as a metaphor, we describe four cornerstones of leadership to create a professional presence that enables educators to break the sound barriers of outdated structures and processes within our current educational system.

Our underlying belief is that leadership is an activity, not a position. Every educator needs to be involved in this work. Administrators, faculty, and staff all contribute to creating an optimal learning experience for students. While we do well in our schools in connecting with many of our students, there are other children who are just walking through each day without goals or much effort.

Read an interview with Simon T. Bailey about “Releasing Leadership Brilliance,” published by The California Association of School Business Officials.

Student brilliance is released for more children when adults become truly intentional about building relationships with students and finding ways to engage more of them in their school work. This is the move from “education” to “learning.”

Our goal is to transform how educators provide leadership in our schools—from a dependence upon personal expertise and problem focus to building relationships and empowering others to positively impact student learning. To achieve this goal we propose a new model of leadership in education. One that is student-centered rather than teacher-directed.

NASSP enthusiastically endorses this book and readily shared the stories of the leaders of our Breakthrough Schools to move Simon T. Bailey and Marceta F. Reilly’s message of Brilliance forward. This book is a brilliant light.”

Dr. Beverly Hutton
Deputy Executive, Director/Chief Program Officer National Association of Secondary School Principals Reston, VA


RLB Flight PlanThe book includes stories of 22 real educators who used these ideas to make significant differences in their schools. Nine of the examples were Break Through Schools as designated by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and five stories are about principals who received the National Distinguished Principal Award from the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

We also include 12 tools to help readers begin implementation of the leadership ideas immediately.

Get a Free Download of a Starter Kit: Sign up here to receive a FREE downloadable Starter Kit to help you immediately begin to put these leadership ideas into practice. The Kit includes the answers to frequently asked questions as well as facilitation support for organizing a book study group with your colleagues.

Where to purchase: Our publisher is Corwin Press ( ). You can receive a volume discount by purchasing directly through them. The book is also available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble outlets.



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