The Principals Center (www.PrincipalsCenter.org) has partnered with Atlanta Public Schools in support of the district’s collective and aspirational vision for leadership excellence. The Principals Center provides four capacity building session support the Aspiring Leaders Program. The four sessions compliment APS’ leadership framework and target the Beliefs and Values component of APS’ Definition of Leadership Excellence (DLE):
Session 1: Who Am I As A Leader?
Leaders must be able to articulate who they are and what they believe as a leader, so others will follow them. Participants will create their Who Am I? story, narrating their journey in order to share with their school communities. The session will take them through experiences to help them assess what to include.
Session 2: Increasing Self-Awareness Through Leadership Inventories
The use of leadership inventories can be useful in developing self-awareness in leaders as well as provide data for coaching, team-development and hiring as well as developing goals for improvement.
Session 3: Characteristics of High Performance Leaders
Inspired by Kirtman and Fullan’s (2015) Leadership: Key Competencies for Whole-System Change (How Education Leaders Can Develop Creative, Productive School Cultures) and Kirtman’s (2013): Leadership and Teams: The Missing Piece of the Educational Reform Puzzle.
Session 4: Five Dysfunctions of a Team and Conflict Management Assessment
Using Lencioni’s (2002) The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable as a lever, determine the natural conflict management style of participants and create strategies to overcome the five dysfunctions and move toward a more collaborative, problem-solving approach to conflict management.
Additionally, aspiring leaders from APS have participated in the Principals Center’s Aspiring Leaders Institute Cohort. The goal of the Aspiring Leaders Institute is to prepare participants to take on a higher leadership role and to provide them with the tools, frameworks, and leadership skills to build and sustain high-quality teaching and learning environments.