March 23, 2022 – Even with the deluge of leadership books on the market, a superintendent of a large school district and his colleague, the head of a prominent PR firm, still struggled to find a book that spoke to them. So they wrote one themselves. Dr. Quintin Shepherd and co-writer Sarah Williamson use their combined decades of experience in the education and corporate spheres to create a unique model for leadership that is anchored by compassion and a powerful new language. The Secret to Transformational Leadership presents the personal journeys of such professionals as a pediatric cancer specialist, a president of an innovative nonprofit, and a former investment banker who became an online entrepreneur.
The authors use their experiences to illustrate how we are at a precipice for real change in the way we perceive and enact leadership. This book offers practical advice about how to adopt a new language of leadership. And if we can help others think differently, ultimately, we can create a ripple effect of empathy, compassion, kindness, and a sense of purpose for our life’s work.
DR. QUINTIN SHEPHERD, a true visionary for the future of education, is the Superintendent at Victoria Independent School District in Victoria, Texas. SARAH WILLIAMSON of SWPR Group works with leaders in education to create thoughtful public relations programs that promote growth, build momentum, and enhance learners’ academic success and overall well-being.
“Dr. Quintin Shepherd’s humility draws us in, sharpens our focus, and opens our eyes to how our words impact those around us. Every change requires an accelerant—and Quintin kindles the flame inside every leader who wants to be the difference.” — Rod Berger, Forbes
“If recent times have taught us anything, it’s that there has never been a greater need for empathy and the ability to communicate it, whether that be at work, at home or in the classroom. Dr. Quintin Shepherd’s new book gifts us with both a stunningly simple solution—learn to lead with compassion—and a powerful framework for effectively doing so. I highly recommend The Secret to Transformational Leadership as must-reading for all aspiring and current leaders in the new era.” — Jeff Sklar, Senior Strategic Advisor to CEOs, Investment Firm Managing Director, Harvard MBA
“This is a must-read for educators—and beyond—to consider a new language of leadership in a world that needs compassion now more than ever.” — Susan Enfield, Superintendent, Highline Public Schools