Shows educational leaders how to move beyond mere technical efficiency in the delivery and performance of learning. It explains that educational leadership requires a moral commitment to high quality learning for all students - a commitment based on three essential virtues: proactive responsibility, personal and professional authenticity, and an affirming, critical, and enabling presence to the workers and the work involved in teaching and learning. It clarifies how essential these virtues are for leadership in the pressure-cooker of high-stakes schooling. He provides a vivid illustration in the story of a principal who struggles to do the right thing for his students and teachers, as they are pressured - and often punished - by state mandated tests. The book also offers practical suggestions for aspiring and working leaders.