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Developing Your Leadership Team is a 6 session workshop that allows you to develop the educational leadership skills of your team.

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Session 1

Translating Leadership Styles into Influence 

How might we apply an understanding of our leadership styles to be more perceptive group members?

In this workshop, participants will learn about styles of leadership, reflect on their own styles, and how they can use their preferred styles to positively influence their work teams. For participants who have never explored styles of leadership, this workshop will challenge their thinking about their role in distributed leadership and personal responsibility. For participants who have some familiarity with this kind of material, the workshop and will present new ways of thinking about groups and an individual’s capacity for influence. 

Session 2

Moving from Personal Strengths to Team Strength 

How might we apply our strengths in a group setting?

In this workshop, participants will come having taken the Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0 inventory survey. Using their understanding of their five strengths, participants will consider how they can translate personal data on their talents to make their collaborative endeavors more meaningful and effective. For participants who have never taken the Clifton StrengthsFinder inventory, this will be an eye-opening workshop. For those who have taken the survey of others like it, this workshop will offer the chance to reflect anew about the potential for self- and team-awareness.

Session 3

Influencing Teams to be Productive and Effective 

How might we affect or redirect groups to be more productive?

In this workshop, participants will engage the energy sources and DILTS models to understand how teams can flourish. Beyond personal reflection, participants will gain an understanding of to become more savvy readers of their social landscapes to enhance their leadership capacity. For participants who have not been exposed to team dynamics, this workshop will be illuminating. For participants who have skills reading social landscapes, this workshop will be a focused review.

Session 4

Building Trust as Practice 

How might we build trust and influence others?

In this workshop, participants will learn about the building blocks of trust and strategies they can use to practice trust at the personal level and build it on a team. Trust is an elusive glue that seems to always be someone else’s responsibility. Vulnerability, authenticity, and delivering in words and actions are the key cornerstones of trust. In this workshop, participants should be prepared to reflect on themselves as agents of positive influence.

Session 5

Affecting Positive Change Through System Understanding 

How might understanding our system help us participate in positive change?

In this workshop, participants will learn about and apply systems approaches to change management. Too often, leaders at all levels do not consider the broader implications of change. Change models help us visualize and guide change through a system. For participants who have not had experience thinking about change from a systems perspective, this workshop will sing. For participants who know the work of Kotter and Knoster, this workshop will be a healthy and reflective review using case studies as the basis for reflection.

Session 6

Strategic Leadership 

How might understanding our system help us lead change?

In this workshop, participants will do a deep dive into the role of a leader as strategist. The focus will be on moving from strategic thinking to strategic acting to influence positive change. Central to the actions of leadership is teaming and collaboration. Post action, the process of embedding strategic thinking and learning within the organization is vital. Participants new to the notion of strategic leadership will gain brave new insights. For the experienced participant, fresh perspective on the crucial role of the strategist within our organizations will make this workshop valuable.

Session Leader


Andrew Hoover is originally from Boston, Massachusetts and now calls Oregon home. He joined the American International School of Chennai as head of school in 2011. Prior to his tenure in Chennai, he spent six years at the American School of Bombay (ASB) as founding Middle School Principal and Director of Strategic Planning and Implementation. He taught social studies and served in several leadership roles at The American School in Japan (Tokyo, Japan) from 1994-2005, and began his career as a high school history teacher at the Poughkeepsie Day School (Poughkeepsie, New York). Andrew has a B.A. in history and English literature from Macalester College (St. Paul, Minnesota), an M.A. in political-economic geography from the University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), and has a lifetime teaching credential from New York State. In 2002-2003, he completed the educational leadership program at The University of Oregon. Andrew currently serves on the NESA Board of Trustees and as a Commissioner of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).


Joelle Basnight is the High School Principal at the American International School Chennai (AISC). Joelle has presented in the areas of incorporating student voice, mindfulness, productivity and leadership and is an Agency Trainer for Adaptive Schools as well as a Trainer in Training for Cognitive Coaching. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from 22 years in international education as a teacher, counselor and administrator. She has worked at the American School Quito, the American Embassy School New Delhi, Shanghai American School, Lincoln School Buenos Aires and Cairo American College and holds a masters degree in Counseling, another in Educational Leadership as well as a masters of Business Administration. 


Cancellation Policy: All registrations are final and non-refundable. Registration is, however, transferrable. If you cannot make it to the event, please find a colleague to attend in your place.

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