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The Trust Factor

Strategies for School Leaders     

by Julie Peterson Combs, Stacey Edmonson and Sandra Harris, Routledge, New York, N.Y., 2013, 180 pp., $29.95 softcover


The Trust Factor: Strategies for School Leaders, is a concise, yet insightful manual for developing and maintaining trust among school leaders. Authors Julie Peterson Combs, Stacey Edmonson and Sandra Harris, all professors in educational leadership, bring authority and experience to the book. All three have spent years in school administration and teaching and have authored numerous books and articles.

The book is organized clearly and simply and broken into three sections: Trust Busters, Trust Builders and Trust Boosters, each of which provides multiple examples of typical trust-related situations, such as: “I want your input, but not really” and “I’ve changed my mind again.” Both are illuminating examples of common situations that can easily destroy trust within a team.

The authors thoroughly explore each trust concept in only a few pages, while still providing examples and advice for each situation. In addition, at the end of each section is a short assessment of the concepts to help the reader reflect on these items and how they relate to the leader.

For a book that runs under 200 pages, The Trust Factor is full of information and an effective tool that can be used in many different situations. Whether reading it for personal use or studying the work with one’s entire leadership team or staff, it is an important book to pick up.

Reviewed by Justin B. Henry, superintendent, Goddard Public Schools, Goddard, Kan.


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