The Advanced Leadership Program (ALP) is a concentrated development experience specifically designed to enable elite female school leaders to realize the full heights of their leadership aspirations. The program has been developed to reflect the complex needs and challenges of today’s female school leaders by offering both skills development and emotional enrichment.
The structure and content of the ALP has been influenced by a unique range of stakeholders including respected leadership experts, leading universities and female teachers across all school sectors. At its heart, the ALP is designed to support the development of high caliber female educators and as such the program is intrinsically linked to school learning outcomes.
Having a commanding grasp of the essential behavioral and environmental complexities of effective leadership is instrumental in achieving your long term goals. The ALP is built around NESLI’s guiding principles of empowerment, growth and collaboration ensuring that participants connect deeply with their learning journey and establish the foundations for long term career growth.
Supporting the development of exceptional female school leaders
Advanced Leadership Program
The Advanced Leadership Program (ALP) provides a critical forum for female school leaders to deeply explore their personal strengths and weaknesses and how these factors influence their interaction with others.
The ALP employs a blended learning methodology based around expert tuition, peer knowledge-sharing, and practical workplace application. Throughout the program, learning outcomes are related back to the day-to-day realities and challenges of each participant within the school context. Through combining these facets, participants not only learn how to be more effective in the short term, but are supported to develop sustainable approaches to future challenges.
At the beginning of the program, participants undertake a self-diagnostic to evaluate their ability and confidence in key areas. Results from this simple assessment support each participant to develop a personal action plan to help them achieve their developmental objectives.
During the program participants enter into a peer coaching partnership with a co-participant. The peer coaching process is fundamental to the program and greatly enhances the learning process.
This theme focuses on the leadership qualities involved in driving innovation and change. Using a case study approach, participants explore the way in which innovation and change are inextricably intertwined. Participants then examine leadership challenges during times of crisis, gaining an understanding of the way in which they can help build a flexible, agile organisation.
Creating my pathway
The demands placed upon today’s school leaders are many and varied. As our everyday environments increase in complexity it is easy to become distracted by the immediate at the expense of what’s truly important. The final module centres on developing a coherent and dynamic ‘game plan’ for future career and life fulfilment. Within the context and expectations of their own workplace, participants consider the steps required to fully leverage their passions and purpose, find their sweet spot and realise their true potential.
Mindful and authentic leadership
Leadership presence is the key to dynamic and authentic leadership. Mindfulness strategies anchor us in the present moment and focus our energies, enabling us to take command of the task at hand. The first module introduces participants to a values-based operational framework as they explore the relationship between personal authenticity and effective performance. Participants take a deep dive into the traits and behaviours that define exceptional leaders in today’s society and consider how to synthesise their personal aims and objectives with that of their role in order to optimise their impact and stay focused on their goals.
Conflict and feedback –
the DNA of performance
Although many people shy away from conflict and perceive it as negative, conflict is a natural and normal part of life. Unresolved conflict can result in negative consequences but when handled effectively, conflict leads to a better awareness of other people’s feelings and can be highly productive. The second module approaches conflict and feedback as proactive management tools and fundamental ingredients in effective communication. Participants identify key principles of performance management in order to ensure consistency with desired objectives.
Throughout the program participants attend six interactive online sessions. These sessions can be accessed from any desktop computer or mobile device allowing for minimal disruption to participants workday. The live online sessions allow participants to interact directly and engage in meaningful discussion pertinent to the respective module.
During the program, participants have 24/7 access to the interactive online portal which connects them with their fellow participants and a broader network of school leaders across the country.
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Throughout the program, participants explore the challenges and opportunities of their roles through the filter of four key modules:
- Mindful and authentic leadership
- Conflict and feedback - The DNA of performance
- Mastering influence and negotiation
- Creating my path
Throughout the program, participants explore the challenges and opportunities of their roles through the filter of four key modules. Content and media for each module is accessible 24/7 via a state-of-the-art online learning management system that allows participants to engage with it at any time from any device.