The Book



The TrustEd School Leader

Trust is the single greatest indicator of successful leadership in any organization. That is the definitive and shared conclusion from decades of research conducted throughout many industry sectors (e.g. manufacturing, retail, technology, government, NGOs). Research also demonstrates that when schools and school leaders are marked by high levels of trust, they possess a significant positive influence on school-wide improvement initiatives – resulting in higher levels of student achievement and many other measurable benefits.

Trusted leadership is the bridge to school improvement, guiding schools from where they are to where they need to be. 

A suspension bridge serves as a perfect analogy for the role and function of trusted leadership in relation to the pursuit of ongoing and continual school improvement.

Developing the behaviors and disciplines of a trusted school leader, that support a healthy school environment are many, varied, and interconnected – much like the construction of a trusted suspension bridge.

A suspension bridge consists of numerous interworking components, all of which must be in place in order for the bridge to be operable and trustworthy. This is also true with school leadership. Studies have revealed that there are numerous skill sets and competencies of school leadership, which must be in place in order for that leadership to positively affect, let alone direct, school improvement. If anyone of the components of the bridge’s structure is not in place, then transit over the bridge is potentially treacherous at the least and catastrophic at the worst.


“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.

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