Supporting the development of exceptional leadership and
interpersonal skills in Australia and NZ's leading teachers

Leading Teachers Colloquium


Leading teachers have a direct impact and influence on the achievement of school goals and are expected to lead and manage an area or function within the school with a high degree of independence. The Leading Teachers Colloquium is an integrated six-month leadership program designed to address the leadership and interpersonal challenges associated with a leading teacher position. It focuses on the practical aspects of people management and aims to equip participants with the insights, skills and confidence to accelerate their own development as they strengthen the performance of their teams.

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program duration 6 months
weekly commitment 2 hours

Program Snapshot

Delivery Format

The Leading Teachers Colloquium employs a blended learning methodology based around expert tuition, peer knowledge-sharing, and practical workplace application. Activities and discussions are related back to the day-to-day realities and challenges of the participant group ensuring learning outcomes are contextualised to their specific needs.

capability assessment one 1

To commence the formal program participants will complete a leadership capability survey on core leadership and management competencies. Findings from the survey facilitate the development of an individual action plan that assists each participant to extract optimal value from the program.

peer coaching sessions four 4

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.

interactive online community

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.

interactive webinar sessions ten 10

Throughout the program participants attend ten 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.

Program Themes


This module supports participants to provide feedback and motivate their team to exceed performance expectations. Participants identify key principles of performance management in order to ensure consistency with organisational objectives. This module also explores techniques involved in coaching others and building individual capability.

Leadership Innovation and Change

This module focuses on the leadership skills involved in driving innovation and change. Participants critically discuss the application of relevant theory and 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 leaders can build an agile and resilient organisation.

Leadership and Authenticity

Participants explore what it takes to be an effective school leader using a strengths-based approach. This module introduces participants to a values-based leadership framework as they take a deep dive into the relationship between authenticity and effective leadership.

Communication, Presence
and Influence

This module commences with an exploration of one’s own preferred style of communication and the impact of one’s style on others. The module moves on to focus on effective communication and influencing at different levels interpersonal, team, and organisational.

Team Dynamics

During this module participants explore the practical implications of managing diverse and challenging groups. Participants examine the qualities shared by high-performing teams and identify effective strategies to foster cultures that support optimal teamwork.

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National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative, NESLI
Level 3, 607 Bourke Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia


Phone: 1300 938 470

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