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 program employs an integrated learning methodology based around self-analysis, peer knowledge-sharing, experiential exercises, practical workplace application and reflection. Throughout the program, learnings are related back to the day-to-day realities and challenges of each participant. This process is enhanced through participant-generated discussions and adaptive leadership challenges that unlock existing skills and experience within the group.
At the beginning of the program, participants undertake a capability assessment 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.
Throughout the program, participants take part in a number of adaptive leadership challenges. By contextualising major themes within real world situations, the challenges reinforce key learning and equip participants to operationalise new approaches.
LEADING INNOVATION AND CHANGE
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
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 theme 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 realise their career potential.
Mindful and authentic leadership
The first theme 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
When handled effectively, conflict leads to a better awareness of other people’s feelings and can be highly productive. The second theme approaches conflict and feedback as proactive performance management tools and fundamental ingredients in effective communication.
MASTERING INFLUENCING AND NEGOTIATION
Our ability to effectively influence and negotiate with others is fundamental to success in all areas of life. As leaders we use these skills every day to settle differences and achieve optimal outcomes for our school. The second theme will explore the psychology involved in influencing others and negotiating for a particular outcome.
Throughout the program participants attend seven 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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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.
Throughout the program, 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 any time from any device.