New Self-Help Book Illustrates the Five Most Important Leadership Skills

Posted Sep 20, 2016

Life Lessons in Leadership: The Way of the Wallaby combines literary text with whimsical poetry and illustrations to inform and entertain leaders of all ages

(Los Angeles, CA) September 20, 2016 – Co-authors Ann McMullan and Michael Barrett today announced the publication of their book, Life Lessons in Leadership: The Way of the Wallaby. The educational and entertaining self-help book teaches essential personal leadership skills through a clever combination of literary text targeted to adult leaders, combined with captivating, childlike stories.

The book was written for anyone who currently serves in (or aspires to serve in) a leadership capacity in their professional or personal life—as well as school-age children and young adults. “We readily recognize principals, CEOs, and presidents as leaders, but parents are leaders, too. So are kids. Being the oldest sibling in a family or a leader in school activities requires all sorts of leadership skills,” said McMullan. “Whatever leadership role you find yourself in, there are basic principles of leadership that will strengthen your abilities and support your success. This book will help you understand those skills and apply them to your own situation.”

 Life Lessons in Leadership: The Way of the Wallaby uses a literary style similar to Spenser Johnson’s Who Moved My Cheese? to illustrate real-world lessons through the stories of engaging fictional characters.

Each of the book’s five short chapters focusses on an essential leadership skill and begins with McMullan’s lessons, written in prose, describing the importance of that skill. As the book flows from one chapter to another, McMullan demonstrates how each leadership skill builds on the others and how all are critical to the success of any leader.

Following McMullan’s description of each specific leadership skill, Barrett uses playful, rhyming language and joyful illustrations to share a related story featuring two lovable wallabies. Sheila and her baby daughter Josephine present examples of positive leadership skills, which are contrasted by examples of ineffective leadership. Readers can see sample pages from the book at

In her praise of the book, Kathy Hurley, the CEO of Girls Thinking Global and co-author of Real Women, Real Leaders, commented, “Ann McMullan and Michael Barrett have penned the perfect leadership book for people of all ages. Life Lessons in Leadership: The Way of the Wallaby is engaging, entertaining, and inspiring. Whether you are 8 or 88, this fun, very readable book provides a blueprint for developing the essential leadership skills needed to grow your organization and motivate everyone around you.”

Life Lessons in Leadership: The Way of the Wallaby is available for $14.95 on CreateSpace and Amazon.

About the Authors
Ann McMullan is an education consultant based in Los Angeles, CA. She works throughout the United States and internationally as a public speaker, writer, and advisor focused on leadership and educator professional development. A frequent speaker at state and national education conferences Ann is also a contributor to educational publications, including eSchool News, Scholastic EduPulse, EdNET Insight, and CoSN. In recognition of her 16 years of work as the Executive Director for Educational Technology at Klein ISD (TX), Ann has won ISTE’s Making It Happen award and TCEA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. For more information or to contact Ann, please visit

Michael Barrett is a freelance writer who for many years has written for the San Antonio Express-News, including a monthly video column that ran for 20 years. His other publications include the San Antonio Light, San Antonio Current, Video Watchdog Magazine, Nostalgia Digest, and He received an Artists Grant from the Pace Foundation for his creative writing. He is currently collaborating on an animated film featuring the wallabies that is in development in Los Angeles. For more information or to contact Michael, please visit

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