Often when we think about Leadership Development we focus on courses, programs or learning that is delivered by a third party.

However, research indicates that courses account for just 10% of leadership development, as shown in the infographic below.The vast majority and most beneficial leadership learning happen through experience (70%) as it enables leaders to discover and refine their job-related skills, make decisions, address challenges and interact with a broad range of influential people. They also learn from their mistakes and by receiving feedback to improve their performance. Also, social learning where leaders learn from others (20%) through collaboration, coaching, mentoring, and other interactions.

For School Leaders to maximise effectiveness they should seek to balance resources across on-the-job, social learning and courses. Methods that support 90% in schools include:
  • Stretch Assignments – A project or task assigned to a staff member which is beyond their current competency or experience level
  • Mentoring whereby experienced professionals can pass their wisdom and knowledge on to the less experienced.
  • Networking and opportunity for knowledge sharing, whereby knowledge seekers are connected with subject experts.
  • Job Rotation – working in other related roles (e.g. deputy’s switch specialist areas e.g. Curriculum to Student Services and vice versa)
  • Book Club – Leadership books and discussions
Are you unable to make it to Perth or take 2 days out of your school to complete the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People? Enrol in 7 Habits Online for Term 2!

Participants from our 2020 online cohort said:
“The spacing of the sessions of the program meant we had time to reflect and put things into place.”

“Really appreciate WAPPA's effort to have the program delivered in an interactive way online. Country members find attendance to many PL opportunities in Perth difficult and cost-prohibitive.”

“Worked through the program with my executive team and found the discussions helped clarify our thinking and contributed to building trust and understanding between members.”

Making the transition from Deputy to Principal is multifaceted. For some hints, tips and support to make this big career leap join us for:

Program:                    Making the Leap to Principal
1 Day, 8.30 - 4.00 pm
Next offering:           18 May 2021
Where:                        WAPPA, West Leederville

Enrol here!

Provides four practical frameworks that help and support you to tackle the most difficult conversations with confidence.

Program:                    Fierce Conversations
Duration:                   2 Days, 8.30 to 4.00 pm
Next offering:           2 and 3 June 2021
Where:                        WAPPA, West Leederville
Enrol here!
From IQ to EQ to AQ

Historically, to measure someone's potential for career progression, Organisational Psychologists measured intelligence quotient (IQ) to assess a range of cognitive abilities including memory, analytical thinking, and mathematical ability. More recently there has been increased attention on emotional intelligence (EQ). Emotional Intelligence is the ability to understand and manage your own emotions, as well as recognise and influence the emotions of those around you. EQ is now considered critical for leadership. Whilst both IQ and EQ are important for career success, the new skills for leading in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world, is Adaptability. Adaptability is defined as being able to adjust readily to different conditions. To be adaptable is to be flexible, versatile and accepting of the change.

Adaptability can be thought of as the new intelligence or adaptability quotient (AQ). AQ is not just the capacity to absorb new information, but the ability to work out what is relevant, to unlearn obsolete knowledge, overcome challenges, and make a conscious effort to change. AQ involves flexibility, curiosity, courage, resilience and problem- solving skills (Murray, 2019). According to Amy Edmondson, a professor of leadership and management at Harvard, the breakneck speed of workplace change will make AQ more valuable than IQ.

Three ways to boost our adaptability:
  1. Limit distractions and learn to focus so you can determine what adaptations to make
  2. Ask uncomfortable questions, to develop courage and normalise fear
  3. Be curious about things that fascinate you by having more conversations rather than Googling the answer to keep our brains working
  4. Remain open to new possibilities
  5. Try to see a situation through someone else’s eyes, and
  6. Reducing your ego so that you can feel comfortable with the unknown
Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any ideas, questions or comments on WAPPA’s Professional Learning.
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