School Administrator magazine’s Thought Leadership Series consists of hour-long conversations between prominent book authors in the organizational leadership field and superintendents. Expanded versions of the interviews appearing in the print edition appear below. The series will run throughout the 2020-21 school year.


Daniel Goleman

 October 2021
A conversation between Julie Vitale, superintendent in Oceanside, Calif., and Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence.

Jon Gordon

A conversation between Jill Siler, associate deputy executive director for professional learning with the Texas Association of School Administrators, and Jon Gordon, author of The Power of Positive Leadership and The Power of a Positive Team.

Simon Sinek
A conversation between superintendent Charles Dupre and Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last.

Joy Harjo
A conversation between former superintendent Maria Ott and Joy Harjo, U.S. Poet Laureate and author of two memoirs.

  Marcus Buckingham
 May 2021   
A conversation between former superintendent Howard Carlson and Marcus Buckingham, co-author of First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently.

Gary Hamel Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People  Inside Them (9781633696020): Hamel, Gary, Zanini, Michele: Books
  April 2021  
A conversation between former superintendent Mary Herrmann and Gary Hamel, co-author of Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them.

Liz Wiseman
A conversation between former superintendent Suzette Lovely and Liz Wiseman, author of Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter.

John Kotter


A conversation between retired superintendent Larry Nyland and John Kotter, author of That's Not How We Do It Here!
Dan Heath
A conversation between superintendent Joe Sanfelippo and Dan Heath, author of Upstream.
Daniel Pink
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing: Pink, Daniel H ... 

October 2020
A conversation between superintendent Jill Siler and Daniel Pink, author of When.

Have a book author to suggest whose ideas resonate in educational leadership? We also welcome participation by other superintendents as interviewers. Contact Jacqueline Hyman at