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Mastermind
Unlocking Talent Within Every School Leader

First Edition

Foreword by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, A Joint Publication with AASA, The School Superintendents Association



September 2021 | 264 pages | Corwin

The secret behind limitless leadership impact

Lack of mentorship and coaching is a leading reason for leader attrition in education, but it doesn’t have to be this way. If it’s true that “Everyone wins when the leader gets better,” then your community is counting on you to prioritize your own professional growth – so that YOU get better.

In Mastermind: Unlocking Talent Within Every School Leader, Daniel Bauer – highly sought-after coach and mentor to thousands of school leaders –  introduces readers to a strategic advantage relied on by business leaders since the 1930s. The mastermind is an exceptional PD model for leaders looking to level up – and if this advantage worked for people like Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, and FDR, what could it do for you and your school? Framed around the ABCs of Powerful Professional DevelopmentTM, this book will provide school leaders with:

  • Templates and tools for starting and running successful mastermind groups
  • Protocols to encourage collaboration, dialogue, and problem solving so school leaders can work together to overcome challenges
  • Stories of impact from education mastermind participants all over the world

The question is – what would you be able to accomplish within your school if you showed up this year as the leader you were meant to be?

 
Foreword
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
Alarming Trends

 
What Successful People Do

 
The Origins of the Mastermind

 
My Mastermind Origin Story

 
What You’ll Find in This Book

 
Ichi-go Ichi-e

 
 
Part I
 
Chapter 1. The Problem With PD
Inauthenticity

 
Isolation

 
Missed Opportunities

 
Chapter 1 Reflection Questions

 
 
Chapter 2. The Solution
Mastermind Snapshot

 
The Ideal Member

 
The Model

 
Chapter 2 Reflection Questions

 
 
Part II
 
Chapter 3. Authenticity
Safety

 
Self-awareness

 
Values-Driven

 
Chapter 3 Reflection Questions

 
 
Chapter 4. Belonging
Shared Purpose

 
Inclusive Environments

 
Trust

 
Chapter 4 Reflection Questions

 
 
Chapter 5. Challenge
Mindset

 
Taking Action

 
Powerful Community

 
Chapter 5 Reflection Questions

 
 
Conclusion
The Only Game Worth Playing

 
A Brief Look Back

 
An Invitation

 
 
Resources
 
Reference List
 
Index

Leading with a mastermind mindset is now more than nice, it is a necessity. In Mastermind: Unlocking Talent Within Every School Leader, Daniel Bauer shares practical tips from extensive knowledge and research on the impact of becoming a better leader and building better schools. Educators will walk away with tool sets, skill sets, and mindsets that will enhance their practices tomorrow.

Jessica Cabeen
Principal, Author, Lead With Grace, Austin, TX

A consistent theme from educational leaders is how isolating the work can be—how alone they feel. A powerful antidote to that is to join a community of peers that illuminates perspectives on education-related issues. If you’re looking for a surefire roadmap on how to engage in such conversations, look no further. Mastermind—an artful blend of research-based principles and real-world practices.

Jeff Ikler
Director, Quetico Leadership Coaching, Forest Hills, NY

Every school leader should read this book, and every school leader deserves to be in a mastermind group. Not only does Daniel Bauer outline the qualities of a great school leader, but he also defines the specific ways that we can grow together as a community of learners. At its core, this book reimagines the professional growth experience that school leaders need to be effective in their roles. A must-read!

T.J. Vari
Assistant Superintendent, Appoquinimink School District, Executive Officer at TheSchoolHouse302, Newark, DE

If you are not currently participating in a mastermind group, Daniel Bauer gives compelling reasons why you should be. He shares the necessity and importance of connecting with others in order to reach our maximum potential. The reflection questions, assessment tools, and visuals make this book an interactive learning experience. As you read, enjoy a growth opportunity at your fingertips!

Sanée Bell
Author, Be Excellent on Purpose: Intentional Strategies for Impactful Leadership, Cypress, TX

This is a must-read for educational leaders looking to transform antiquated public learning systems. Transformation starts within and around other likeminded leaders. Bauer’s approach to professional learning is a game-changer.

D'Andre J. Weaver
Superintendent, DeSoto ISD, Desoto, TX
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