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It's an
ancient paradox.

The most powerful leaders
work in the service of others.
Don't be selfless. Be otherful.


"Heavy bars!"

Dr. Chris Emdin, the Robert A. Naslund Endowed Chair at the University of Southern California,
founder of #HipHopEd, and NY Times best-selling author of Ratchedemic

"Desperately needed in education...
Otherful is nonstop takeaways, action plans, and fun"

Greg Rosenbaum, Executive Director of SXSWEDU

"I LOVE this book!"

Esther Wojcicki, teacher, journalist,
and author of NY Times best-seller How to Raise Successful People

"...AN EXCEPTIONAL BOOK helping administrators... Kleba and O'Hara's book could sit comfortably on a business bookcase under leadership development."

review, Getting Smart


1. to find contentment in helping other people succeed; 

          to look for and develop value in others

- people need to be helped, not "fixed" 

- leaders can't do a darn thing alone

- how others understand things isn’t an obstacle; it's a resource

2. a leadership style that recognizes:

 A book of essays to read together

perfect for college admin classes and leadership PD

alone we can't win

Our blindspots hobble our ability to lead, forcing others to work around us. Instead, we need to ask others to teach us what we aren't seeing.

influence is stronger than control

Teachers don't work hard on something they aren't invested in. Neither do we. But when we share our power, we trade control for influence.


Like anyone, we make mistakes. When we fail out loud & humbly learn, our whole school grows more resilient & courageous.

we can
help our people

We can handle our teachers as prize stallions or pack mules. Guess which one gets better results, chief?

Otherful reviews from Amazon 

"the best school leadership book I've ever read"

"funny, raw, real, & actually usable"

"seriously, EVERY administrator & teacher in the country
should read this book"

"this book changed by my life- no joke"

"Otherful could be the beginning of a movement"

Bring us in.

Professional development that engages, challenges, & inspires... and schools always want us back.

The Book
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#1 New Release 

in Education Administration

& Education Reform/Policy

available in paperback, Kindle, & audiobook FROM AMAZON




the teacher

mike kleba 

is a public high school English teacher & theatre director. An artist & entrepreneur, he has been invited to speak about leadership around the country and the globe. He holds degrees from Villanova University & Duquesne University.

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the administrator

Ryan O'Hara, Ed.d. 

is a middle school principal. Before moving into educational leadership, he taught high school and middle school English for 10 years. He holds degrees from St. John's University, Stony Brook University, Long Island University, & Hofstra University.

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