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"Janet Patti and James Tobin are showing the way to create engaging, caring schools that nurture the whole student. Smart School Leaders offers an elegant and practical program for leading schools with heart; it should be essential for any educator who truly cares about educating young people in the skills they need for successful living."


      —   Daniel Goleman, author, Emotional Intelligence



Smart School Leaders: Leading with Emotional Intelligence


Janet Patti, PhD and James Tobin, PhD.


(First Edition, 2003, second edition, 2006, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company). 


ISBN 9780757531347, 444 pages.



More Praise for Smart School Leaders




"If I had to recommend one book on emotional intelligence for educational administrators to read, this would be it. The authors do an outstanding job of describing what emotional intelligence is and showing how it can help educational leaders meet the challenges they face every day. The authors bring alive the subject with compelling vignettes drawn from a fascinating study of how leaders lead from within. They also provide a large collection of excellent exercises to help readers learn more about the subject and to develop their own emotional competence. Janet Patti and James Tobin are truly gifted teachers and writers."

   —   Cary Cherniss, Co-chair, Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations, and Professor of applied Psychology, Rutgers University.


"This is a comprehensive convergence of insights from diverse fields from neuroscience to psychology. It addresses the role of teacher, principal, and superintendent as leaders of their schools and communities. Patti and Tobin offer a skill-building manual, but so much more, with their conceptual integration, exercises, tests, readings, and activities to inspire development. You'll learn about leadership and then be provided and guided into increasing your effectiveness and talent as a leader."

  —   Richard E. Boyatzis, Professor, Department of Organizational Behavior, Case Western Reserve University and co-author with Daniel Goleman and Annie McKee of the international bestseller, Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence


"Smart School Leaders: Leading with Emotional Intelligence is an essential tool for all school principals and superintendents. Janet Patti and James Tobin write with tremendous insight on emotional intelligence and successful school leadership. Their comprehensive collection of experiences, questions and strategies make this a valuable resource for school leaders."

   —   James P. Comer, MD, The Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry and Founder of the Comer School Development Program.



"If this book could be put in the hands of every educational leader in this country, I am convinced it would give them the practical tools combined with the inspiration they need to led from that clear, wise place within which helps us to be "smart leaders." A remarkable range of useful information in an accessible, hopeful style from two educational leaders who embody what they write about. They live the talk."

    —   Linda Lantieri, Co-founder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)



First Edition Cover






Samples of Children's Books Published by MacMillan (out of print)