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Darrin Peppard Dr. Darrin Peppard

Dr. Darrin Peppard is an author, leadership coach, consultant, and speaker focused on organizational culture and climate, and growing emerging leaders. Darrin is the best-selling author of the book Road to Awesome, and is the host of the Leaning into Leadership podcast. As a ‘recovering high school principal’, Darrin shares strategies and lessons learned from 26 years in public education to help leaders gain clarity, find joy in their work, and walk in their purpose.

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Episode 144: For The New Administrator With Todd Bloomer And Dominic Armano &Raquo;
Episode 144: For the new administrator with Todd Bloomer and Dominic Armano

Let's get your High Performance Leadership Retreat scheduled today! Reach out to me darrin@roadtoawesome.net to set up the conversation and get your team on the Road to Awesome for the upcoming year!…

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Let's get your High Performance Leadership Retreat scheduled today! Reach out to me darrin@roadtoawesome.net to set up the conversation and get your team on the Road to Awesome for the upcoming year!Book Darrin to speak at your school or conference contact us hereGrab your copy of Darrin's FREE e-book Walk in Your Purpose Check out Darrin's blog for great leadership tips and ideasSign up for the Road to Awesome email list and newsletterHave a book idea you'd like to submit to Road to Awesome? Click hereAnd now...about our guest this week on the show:This special mid-week episode is the sixt…

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Episode 143: A Tale Of Two Ap Roles With Dr. Nick Davies &Raquo;
Episode 143: A Tale of Two AP Roles with Dr. Nick Davies

Let's get your High Performance Leadership Retreat scheduled today! Reach out to me darrin@roadtoawesome.net to set up the conversation and get your team on the Road to Awesome for the upcoming year!…

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Let's get your High Performance Leadership Retreat scheduled today! Reach out to me darrin@roadtoawesome.net to set up the conversation and get your team on the Road to Awesome for the upcoming year!Book Darrin to speak at your school or conference contact us hereGrab your copy of Darrin's FREE e-book Walk in Your Purpose Check out Darrin's blog for great leadership tips and ideasSign up for the Road to Awesome email list and newsletterHave a book idea you'd like to submit to Road to Awesome? Click hereAnd now...about our guest this week on the show:Dr. Nick Davies is an associate principal…

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Five Key Strategies To Help Others Grow Their Self Efficacy &Raquo; Img 1344 300X300 1
Five Key Strategies to Help Others Grow their Self Efficacy

In a recent conversation with a new district-level leader, I was asked what might be one really important part of their role they might be overlooking. I think anytime we get a new position, we come i…

In a recent conversa…

In a recent conversation with a new district-level leader, I was asked what might be one really important part of their role they might be overlooking. I think anytime we get a new position, we come in wanting to be good at the job, to make an impact, and to prove those who hired us right. Unfortunately, that can lead to leaders trying to do too much, taking on too much, and not allowing others to really thrive in their roles. Good leaders will get their team to buy into the leader and follow them. Great leaders, on the other hand, will have their team members believing in themselves as much a…

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Episode 142: Mindset Mastery With Paul Gencarella Jr. &Raquo;
Episode 142: Mindset Mastery with Paul Gencarella Jr.

Let's get your High Performance Leadership Retreat scheduled today! Reach out to me darrin@roadtoawesome.net to set up the conversation and get your team on the Road to Awesome for the upcoming year!…

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Let's get your High Performance Leadership Retreat scheduled today! Reach out to me darrin@roadtoawesome.net to set up the conversation and get your team on the Road to Awesome for the upcoming year!Book Darrin to speak at your school or conference contact us hereGrab your copy of Darrin's FREE e-book Walk in Your Purpose Check out Darrin's blog for great leadership tips and ideasSign up for the Road to Awesome email list and newsletterHave a book idea you'd like to submit to Road to Awesome? Click hereAnd now...about our guest this week on the show:Paul Gencarella Jr. is a captivating spea…

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A Year Of Reflection &Raquo; Img 1321 300X300 1
A Year of Reflection

As I sit in the airport waiting for my flight home, I find myself reflecting on quite a year of work. For those of you who are new to the blog, I’m a veteran educator turned leadership coach and spe…

As I sit in the airp…

As I sit in the airport waiting for my flight home, I find myself reflecting on quite a year of work. For those of you who are new to the blog, I’m a veteran educator turned leadership coach and speaker. After 26 years of teaching, being a principal, and being a superintendent, I chose to leave the day to day of the profession and lean into supporting leaders around the world. I just completed my final in-person day of this school year so I’m writing with my reflections for this post. During this year, I have worked with nearly several hundred school and district leaders in various capacit…

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Episode 141: You Deserve To Learn With Dr. Andrea Gilbert &Raquo;
Episode 141: You Deserve to Learn with Dr. Andrea Gilbert

Let's get your High Performance Leadership Retreat scheduled today! Reach out to me darrin@roadtoawesome.net to set up the conversation and get your team on the Road to Awesome for the upcoming year!…

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Let's get your High Performance Leadership Retreat scheduled today! Reach out to me darrin@roadtoawesome.net to set up the conversation and get your team on the Road to Awesome for the upcoming year!Book Darrin to speak at your school or conference contact us hereGrab your copy of Darrin's FREE e-book Walk in Your Purpose Check out Darrin's blog for great leadership tips and ideasSign up for the Road to Awesome email list and newsletterHave a book idea you'd like to submit to Road to Awesome? Click hereAnd now...about our guest this week on the show:Dr. Andrea Gilbert is a leader, learner, …

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Leadership Is… &Raquo; Img 1250 300X300 1
Leadership is…

It’s that time of year again. I am wrapping up my in-person visits with schools around the country and having great discussions about our collective learnings. As I visited with a school leader earl…

It’s that time of …

It’s that time of year again. I am wrapping up my in-person visits with schools around the country and having great discussions about our collective learnings. As I visited with a school leader earlier in the week who I won’t be working with again next year (she’s headed off to a different district), I asked her what she believed she’d learned about leadership during her time in that school. Her answers were amazing, and I was deeply interested to hear more from her. We know just how important the school leader is and the impact they can hold. Great school leaders are the cornerstone o…

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Episode 140: From Trauma To Transformation With Sofia Gonzalez &Raquo;
Episode 140: From Trauma to Transformation with Sofia Gonzalez

Let's get your High Performance Leadership Retreat scheduled today! Reach out to me darrin@roadtoawesome.net to set up the conversation and get your team on the Road to Awesome for the upcoming year!…

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Let's get your High Performance Leadership Retreat scheduled today! Reach out to me darrin@roadtoawesome.net to set up the conversation and get your team on the Road to Awesome for the upcoming year!Book Darrin to speak at your school or conference contact us hereGrab your copy of Darrin's FREE e-book Walk in Your Purpose Check out Darrin's blog for great leadership tips and ideasSign up for the Road to Awesome email list and newsletterHave a book idea you'd like to submit to Road to Awesome? Click hereAnd now...about our guest this week on the show:Sofia Gonzalez is a proud Latina who's a …

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Finishing Strong: Five Strategies For School Leaders To Build And Keep Momentum &Raquo; Img 1209 300X300 1
Finishing Strong: Five Strategies for School Leaders to Build and Keep Momentum

Over the past week or so, I have been in many of my schools for what will be the last time this school year. The next two weeks will be more of the same, seeing schools making their way to the finish …

Over the past week o…

Over the past week or so, I have been in many of my schools for what will be the last time this school year. The next two weeks will be more of the same, seeing schools making their way to the finish line and begin ramping up for both summer break and the new year. As the school year draws to a close, school leaders face the dual challenge of wrapping up the current year effectively while also laying a strong foundation for the next. Ending the year on a high note requires strategic planning, clear communication, and thoughtful reflection. Here are five strategies for school leaders to finish …

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Episode 139: May Mayhem With Darrin, Todd, And Dominic &Raquo;
Episode 139: May Mayhem with Darrin, Todd, and Dominic

Let's get your High Performance Leadership Retreat scheduled today! Reach out to me darrin@roadtoawesome.net to set up the conversation and get your team on the Road to Awesome for the upcoming year!…

Let's get your High …

Let's get your High Performance Leadership Retreat scheduled today! Reach out to me darrin@roadtoawesome.net to set up the conversation and get your team on the Road to Awesome for the upcoming year!Book Darrin to speak at your school or conference contact us hereGrab your copy of Darrin's FREE e-book Walk in Your Purpose Check out Darrin's blog for great leadership tips and ideasSign up for the Road to Awesome email list and newsletterHave a book idea you'd like to submit to Road to Awesome? Click hereAnd now...about our guest this week on the show:This special mid-week episode is the fift…

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Episode 138: Against The Wind With Dr. Donya Ball &Raquo;
Episode 138: Against the Wind with Dr. Donya Ball

Let's get your High Performance Leadership Retreat scheduled today! Reach out to me darrin@roadtoawesome.net to set up the conversation and get your team on the Road to Awesome for the upcoming year!…

Let's get your High …

Let's get your High Performance Leadership Retreat scheduled today! Reach out to me darrin@roadtoawesome.net to set up the conversation and get your team on the Road to Awesome for the upcoming year!Book Darrin to speak at your school or conference contact us hereGrab your copy of Darrin's FREE e-book Walk in Your Purpose Check out Darrin's blog for great leadership tips and ideasSign up for the Road to Awesome email list and newsletterHave a book idea you'd like to submit to Road to Awesome? Click hereAnd now...about our guest this week on the show:Dr. Donya Ball is a transformative superi…

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3 Key Strategies For Educational Leaders To Ramp Up Employee Engagement &Raquo; Img 1164 300X300 1
3 Key Strategies for Educational Leaders to Ramp Up Employee Engagement

Earlier this week, I was recording an upcoming episode of the Leaning into Leadership podcast. My guest on the show shared that according to a recent Gallup poll, only 34% of U.S. workers are engaged …

Earlier this week, I…

Earlier this week, I was recording an upcoming episode of the Leaning into Leadership podcast. My guest on the show shared that according to a recent Gallup poll, only 34% of U.S. workers are engaged in their jobs. This highlights a widespread issue that demands attention from educational leaders. Employee engagement is crucial for the success of any organization, and educational institutions are no exception. Yet, research consistently shows that a significant percentage of employees in the education sector are disengaged from their work. It’s that disengagement leads to quiet quitting, emp…

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Episode 137: Collaborative Response With Kurtis Hewson &Raquo;
Episode 137: Collaborative Response with Kurtis Hewson

Let's get your High Performance Leadership Retreat scheduled today! Reach out to me darrin@roadtoawesome.net to set up the conversation and get your team on the Road to Awesome for the upcoming year!G…

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Let's get your High Performance Leadership Retreat scheduled today! Reach out to me darrin@roadtoawesome.net to set up the conversation and get your team on the Road to Awesome for the upcoming year!Get Josh Korb's new book, Be the Cause: An Educator's Guide to EFFECTive Instruction hereBook Darrin to speak at your school or conference contact us hereGrab your copy of Darrin's FREE e-book Walk in Your Purpose Check out Darrin's blog for great leadership tips and ideasSign up for the Road to Awesome email list and newsletterHave a book idea you'd like to submit to Road to Awesome? Click here…

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Great Question: 5 Strategies For School Leaders To Master The Art Of Inquiry &Raquo; Img 1088 300X300 1
Great Question: 5 Strategies for School Leaders to Master The Art of Inquiry

I had the best conversation with someone recently about what really goes into the makings of a great leader. Among them, we both postulated, is the ability to guide inquiry. To me, the best leaders ar…

I had the best conve…

I had the best conversation with someone recently about what really goes into the makings of a great leader. Among them, we both postulated, is the ability to guide inquiry. To me, the best leaders are those who create a spirit of curiosity in their organizations both through their actions and their words. After all, effective leadership in education requires more than just providing answers; it involves asking the right questions. Asking good questions not only fosters critical thinking and problem-solving skills but also promotes collaboration, reflection, and growth within the school commun…

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Episode 136: Culture And Strategy Eat Breakfast Together With Sonya Shelton &Raquo;
Episode 136: Culture and Strategy Eat Breakfast Together with Sonya Shelton

Let's get your High Performance Leadership Retreat scheduled today! Reach out to me darrin@roadtoawesome.net to set up the conversation and get your team on the Road to Awesome for the upcoming year!…

Let's get your High …

Let's get your High Performance Leadership Retreat scheduled today! Reach out to me darrin@roadtoawesome.net to set up the conversation and get your team on the Road to Awesome for the upcoming year!Book Darrin to speak at your school or conference contact us hereGrab your copy of Darrin's FREE e-book Walk in Your Purpose Check out Darrin's blog for great leadership tips and ideasSign up for the Road to Awesome email list and newsletterHave a book idea you'd like to submit to Road to Awesome? Click hereAnd now...about our guest this week on the show:When it comes to navigating the ins-and-o…

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5 Ways School Leaders Can Embrace Emotional Intelligence For Positive Leadership &Raquo; Img 1016 300X300 1
5 Ways School Leaders Can Embrace Emotional Intelligence for Positive Leadership

I’m not going to lie, I have a bit of a temper. I am not a patient person and it is something that I struggle with as a leader. You might say I lead with my heart on my sleeve. But, I am not the onl…

I’m not going to l…

I’m not going to lie, I have a bit of a temper. I am not a patient person and it is something that I struggle with as a leader. You might say I lead with my heart on my sleeve. But, I am not the only one. Where does anger fit in when you are in a leadership role? Let’s be honest, you are supposed to be the one who remains calm, who is emotionally composed, and who others can look to for strength and leadership in tough times. Does that mean you must learn to let go of anger, frustration, or impatience? No, it doesn’t. It means you have to learn to channel it in positive, productive ways.…

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Episode 135: Be The Cause With Josh Korb &Raquo;
Episode 135: Be the Cause with Josh Korb

Let's get your High Performance Leadership Retreat scheduled today! Reach out to me darrin@roadtoawesome.net to set up the conversation and get your team on the Road to Awesome for the upcoming year!…

Let's get your High …

Let's get your High Performance Leadership Retreat scheduled today! Reach out to me darrin@roadtoawesome.net to set up the conversation and get your team on the Road to Awesome for the upcoming year!Book Darrin to speak at your school or conference contact us hereGrab your copy of Darrin's FREE e-book Walk in Your Purpose Check out Darrin's blog for great leadership tips and ideasSign up for the Road to Awesome email list and newsletterHave a book idea you'd like to submit to Road to Awesome? Click hereAnd now...about our guest this week on the show:Josh Korb, a dynamic and multifaceted edu…

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7 End Of Year Traps School Leaders Must Avoid &Raquo; Sticker 300X300 1
7 End of Year Traps School Leaders Must Avoid

I had a great conversation with a school leader the other day about the paradox of ending the year and planning for the next. I found this discussion interesting, because we live this out loud. But th…

I had a great conver…

I had a great conversation with a school leader the other day about the paradox of ending the year and planning for the next. I found this discussion interesting, because we live this out loud. But that end of the year can pull you away from the focus that really matters. Don’t let yourself fall into the trap. The hustle and bustle, it’s easy to fall into common pitfalls that can undermine the efforts made throughout the academic term. In this blog post, I’ll shed light on seven common mistakes school leaders make late in the school year and provide guidance on the signs they can watch o…

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