Thought Leader Series 2020

Program Objectives

The Thought Leader Series will broaden your understanding and enable you to:

  • Explore the nuance and power of mindful leadership in an ever-increasingly complex and changing world
  • Explore the impact of your leadership through a deep dive into the behaviours of the emotionally intelligent and agile leader
  • Understand the strategic drivers required for self-improving schools and ways to further develop leadership within your teams


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Phase 1 - Introductory Module

From: 10 August 2020
To: 1 September 2020
Location: Onine

• Welcome to the QELi learning Portal – 10 August 2020

• Talent Dynamic Survey: In an environment characterised by disruption and uncertainty, completing your Talent Dynamics profile is one of the quickest and most engaging ways to understand how you can achieve and maintain a more productive state called “flow”. Based on I Ching, an ancient Chinese Philosophy introduced to the West by Carl Jung, it becomes extremely useful in helping you understand how to leverage your own and your teams strengths to create the leadership momentum needed to meet today’s complex and unrelenting challenges – 10 to 28 August 2020

• Dynamic Profile Group Debrief with Elizabeth Hughes (Virtual Workshop (2hours) – 1 September 2020, 3.30pm.
In the Talent Dynamics Profile Debrief session you will:
 Explore the eight Talent Dynamics profiles and your own unique strengths, opportunities and operating style
• Examine how each profiles adds value in meeting today’s challenges.
• Investigate ways to build your leadership effectiveness & momentum in your team and workplace
 Discover insights on how to address difficulties with getting into and remaining in “Flow”
• Reflect on your learnings from the session and develop a plan for future application and development

Phase 2 - Thought Leader Virtual Workshop Series

From: 14 September 2020
To: 19 November 2020
Location: Online

• Virtual Workshop 1 (1.5hours) – 14 September 2020, 4.00pm
Ben Palmer: Emotional Intelligence – Emotional intelligence (EI) is about being smart in how we respond to and manage emotions. No other workplace needs leaders who can role model EI well, and develop it in others, than schools. Schools can be a hotbed of emotions triggered by staff, students, parents and the school system. How well we respond to emotions in schools relates to teacher well-being and resilience, parent-teacher-student relationships, school culture and overall school performance. In this session you will evolve your understanding of emotions within yourself and others, and increase your emotional intelligence to lead with enhanced confidence and finesse.

• Virtual Workshop 2 (1.5hours) – 14 October 2020, 4.00pm
Maggie Farrar: Cultivating wise leadership in the face of complex change and a turbulent world – This workshop will explore how we develop our ability to remain calm, steadfast and present in the face of crisis and complexity. It will draw on the practice of mindfulness and the cultivation of wisdom, allowing us to respond wisely and skillfully to complex world of school leadership. It will explore how we stay open to learning in even the most stressful of situations and enable others to do similar. Finally it will help us to recognise the ‘sacrifice syndrome’ so common to many public sector leaders and what we can do to present ourselves falling into it. The workshop will be a mixture of presentation, discussion and practices, providing you with simple tools and approaches you can weave into your everyday life and work.

• 1hour executive coaching telephone session – October 2020

• Virtual Workshop 3 (1.5hours) – 4 November 2020, 4.00pm
Steve Munby: Imperfect Leadership – Too often we hear talks or read books about perfect leaders; super-hero leaders who are hugely successful and are exceptionally good at what they do. It is supposed to inspire us, but it actually has the reverse effect. In this webinar Steve will argue that the concept that we need to be good at all aspects of leadership is not only unrealistic, it is bad for the mental and physical well-being of leaders. The more we seek to become the perfect leader, the more likely we are to disempower those around us. In contrast, imperfect leaders have a deep self-awareness, they know their strengths and weaknesses. They value their teams, they distribute leadership responsibility. They lead with power and with love. Using examples from his own leadership experience and from his work with school and system leaders from around the world, Steve will talk about how imperfect leaders are more likely to build trust amongst their colleagues and to develop a sense of collective responsibility.

• Virtual Workshop 4 (1.5hours) – 19 November 2020, 4.00pm
Dr Simon Breakspear: Impact Thinking, Figuring out how to improve educational outcomes – All educators want to positively impact organisational and learning outcomes through their improvement work. Yet, despite the best intentions, educational improvement plans are often overcrowded, filled with buzz-language and lack a precise articulation of what we are specifically trying to achieve. It is time for educational leadership to be given new approaches and tools to craft strategic clarity from confusion.

Develop your capacity to bring greater clarity and precision to your educational improvement work. You will have the time and space to apply some of our practical approaches to your own challenges and consider how to use our tools with your colleagues back in your workplace.

Key takeaways include:
• Understand the 3 common enemies of impact thinking and how to avoid them
• Develop the confidence to focus on less but better
• The importance of creating precision, alignment and coherence in our strategic thinking
• Setting priorities, framing the right problems and crafting pathways to impact
• Using visual tools to sharpen and refine team strategic thinking
• The power of visually capturing your thinking through visual tools
• Using a Clarify Canvas to answer the four critical questions every initiative needs to have an answer for
• Using an Impact Canvas to articulate the pathway to impact

Phase 3 - Reflections on Learning

From: 1 February 2021
To: 23 February 2021
Location: Online

• 1hour executive coaching telephone session – February 2021

• Virtual Workshop (1.5hours)
Reflections on Learning & Moving Forward – 23 February 2021, 4.00pm

Phase 4 - Certificate of Completion

From: 24 February 2021
To: 24 February 2021
Location: Online

Participants receive their certificate of completion


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AUD $2,300.00 +GST
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