Leadership Development


After School 3.30-5.00pm – Thur 19 July, Tues 24 July, Thur 2 Aug, Thur 16 Aug and Tues 28 Aug




The Centre – Professional Learning Rooms


Dr Paul Browning


For Staff aspiring to a position of leadership within an educational context.



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The Course

“You can’t follow someone who isn’t credible, who doesn’t truly believe in what they’re doing—and how they are doing it.” Gayle Hamilton, Pacific Gas and Electric

The foundation of credible leadership is the ability to know yourself, for in truly knowing yourself you can confidently lead others. Five, two-hours sessions spread over 10 weeks, this course is an opportunity for personal reflection, for learning some of the skills of leadership and setting goals for the development of your career.


Leadership is not about power or position. It is about encouraging, empowering and unlocking the potential of others and supporting their growth with trust as the lubricant and foundation. The course requires participants to be highly reflective, honest and prepared to be vulnerable. Leadership is a journey, and in complex organizations such as schools, it is vital that our leaders are visible, empathetic and have a growth mindset. Furthermore, leaders should seek consistency in trust-engendering practices which can harness the resources, skills and talents to achieve the best possible holistic outcomes for staff and students. This course encourages participants to identify their leadership strengths and to consider ways to keep developing their leadership skills so they can be positive people of influence within the St Paul’s Community as a teacher/Tutor/Co-Curricular Coach or Coordinator/Curriculum Leader/House Leader etc.



The experiential course will focus on developing credible leadership and trust-based relationships. It draws on the work of Kouzes and Posner (2011) and examines how leaders gain and lose credibility and why people demand it. The five two-hour session course uses a central framework which is geared up around (i) leadership being a relationship, (ii) how to discover your leadership potential and be credible, (iii) how to appreciate others and affirm shared values, (iv) building capacity and serving with purpose and (v) sustaining hope while struggling to be human. The course also asks deep questions of the participants

  1. What does an outstanding leader look like? What strengths would I bring to the St Paul’s School community as a person in a leadership position?
  2. What is trust and as a leader how would my behaviour promote a collegial trust?
  3. What is collaboration and how would I as a leader promote a collaborative culture?
  4. As a leader, how would I give feedback to promote professional growth?
  5. As a leader, how would I build the capacity of my team and develop new leaders and exemplary teachers?