Academic Leadership Journal


Kay Woelfel


The Secret, reveals that the single attribute that ensures success is one that every great educator has always had in his repertoire. Rhonda Byrne (2006, 4) says that “the greatest teachers who have ever lived have told us that the law of attraction is the most powerful law in the Universe.” Byrne points to poets, musicians, artists, and thinkers like Shakespeare, Beethoven, da Vinci, Socrates, Plato, and other legends. But lesser mortals, teachers and administrators in the field, also have known that “attraction” is the secret to school success. Jon Saphier and Robert Gower (1987, 2) put forth this idea over two decades ago—power of attraction versus power of authority. For teachers, it was the attraction attributes—encouragement, enthusiasm, praise, humor, and dramatizing—that harvested winning behavior.