Center for Empowered Leadership

The Wise Leader: Doing the Right Things for the Right Reasons

The Wise Leader: Doing the Right Things for the Right Reasons, by Paul D. Houston and Stephen L. Sokolow

The Wise Leader

We are pleased to announce the publication of our new book The Wise Leader: Doing the Right Things for the Right Reasons, now available at, Barnes & Noble, and  

On the Amazon site or here, if you click on Look Inside, you can review the Table of Contents and the first four chapters.  We hope that you will check it out and, if you like it, recommend it to friends and colleagues.

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We realize that core values and principles can sustain and inspire you during challenging times, and the more you practice and embody them, the more likely you are to become a wise leader. 

Paul D. Houston, executive director emeritus of the American Association of School Administrators, and Stephen L. Sokolow, a founding partner and executive director of the Center for Empowered Leadership, offer eighteen core leadership values and principles that can serve as an underlying operational system to help you do the right things, in the right way, at the right time, for the right reasons. These values include such things as: a focus on the positive, empowering and uplifting others, operating from a base of compassion, and recognizing the seeds of wisdom. 

Wise leaders understand that all people have natural gifts, and it's the leader's task to help them find and develop those gifts.  Supporting and valuing people encourages them to do more for you and for the organization.       

Enhance organizational productivity, creativity, and capacity by learning and applying eighteen core values of The Wise Leader.

Praise for The Wise Leader

“Never will you find such a constellation of distilled wisdom on leadership for all circumstances.”
- Michael Fullan, professor emeritus, OISE/University of Toronto

“Few ideas have more historical connection with leadership than wisdom: we are fortunate that Paul Houston and Stephen Sokolow can now help others find their way onto an authentic path to become a wise leader.”
- Peter Senge, founding chair, Society for Organizational Learning, and senior lecturer, MIT

“Houston and Sokolow unlock the treasure trove of authentic leadership: soul, heart, and courage - experience the rapture of discovering a personal storehouse of wisdom.”
- Terrence E. Deal, author of Leading with Soul

Buy the Book
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Volume discounts (48% off retail price) are available through iUniverse - (888) 519- 5121 ext. 5022).

About CFEL

The Center for Empowered Leadership serves as an information network, a support network, and a forum for collaboration and training for people who are striving to become wise leaders.

If you would like us to conduct seminars or training for you or your staff in the practice of these principles you can reach us at the email addresses below. Wise leadership is the path to a better and brighter future for us all.

Stephen L. Sokolow (
Paul D. Houston (