TrustED Book

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“Trust is the single greatest indicator of successful leadership.”

The above research-based observation is a definitive and shared conclusion within a wide range of industry sectors (e.g., manufacturing, retail, technology, government, non-profit organizations). Research also indicates that when high levels of trust mark school leadership, positive and significant influences on schoolwide improvement occur and are sustainable.

Toby Travis utilizes a suspension bridge analogy to explain the roles and functions of trusted leadership, which are critical to school improvement initiatives. Dr. Travis outlines the six trusted school leadership components that must be in place for leaders to positively affect and direct school improvement. If any of the components are not securely in place, successful transit over the bridge to school improvement can be hazardous or even catastrophic. Learn how to assess, develop, repair, and ensure that all six leadership components are properly in place so that your school or district is TrustED®.



“This a great and significant work and will be used to keep the Trust Movement forward in great ways. In the past, I have recommended Toby Travis as a leader, consultant, and trainer. Now, I can add author! I have seen his high-impact contribution on all levels. You can count on him to engage your team and offer relevant and trusted solutions to help your school increase trust, commitment, and performance.”  – David Horsager, CEO, Trust Edge Leadership Institute and Wall Street Journal Best-selling Author of “The Trust Edge.

“This book provides a thought-provoking, engaging, and practical set of strategies for school leaders. In a readable, fact-based approach, Dr. Travis wrestles with core issues of trust and integrity facing schools around the world today. Highly recommended for anyone seeking personal transformation to become an effective leader in education.” – David Durance, President, TeachBeyond.

About the Author: Dr. Toby A. Travis is the founder of TrustED®, a framework for school improvement focused on developing trusted leaders. The application of his research serves as the basis for the TrustED® School Leader 360 Assessment, which schools worldwide utilize to inform school improvement initiatives. In addition, he is an Executive Consultant with the Global School Consulting Group, an Adjunct Professor for the International Graduate Program of Educators for the State University of New York College at Buffalo, and an experienced teacher and administrator of PS-12 schools.

Reviewed on These Sites:

Introduction and Overview of the TrustED Framework to School Improvement