It takes a village to raise a strong school environment.
While strong leadership is a must for any New Zealand principal, it is equally important to bring that journey to each and every member of a school’s leadership team.
Springboard Trust’s High Performing Leadership Teams programme helps schools develop a shared vision, understanding and plan for high performance. It helps individuals find their place in a leadership team, create development pathways and identify how every members of a team contributes to the vision or plan of a school.
A problem shared is a problem halved, and leadership shared is leadership gained by all.
How does High Performing Leadership Teams work?
HPLT is a programme designed to light the fire of distributed leadership in New Zealand schools.
You and your leadership team (both senior and middle leaders welcome) meet with two expert volunteer facilitators through four workshops, taking place across one school term, all under the guidance of a Springboard Trust Programme Manager.
A pre-survey helps the facilitators understand your team, and they will feed back analysis on how you all work together before the workshops begin. This ensures the course is tailored to your leadership team’s needs, rather than a prescribed curriculum that may not be an ideal fit.
The four workshops are: Building a cohesive team; Understanding team dynamics and viewpoints; Operating an effective team, and Strategic leadership in action.
Through the workshops, you will build a cohesive team unit who understand one another, learn to operate effectively and communicate with one another to improve learner success.
A final round of analysis with the facilitators helps your team set next steps, and clearly define roles and development for the future.
What do school leaders gain from High Performing Leadership Teams?
By the end of an HPLT course, you and your leadership team should be able to:
Give and receive open and honest feedback in a trusting environment.
Operate as a strong team (good time management, delegation and facilitation of meetings).
Identify how each individual fits into a long-term strategic plan.
Understand why you work together; what the common goal of your group is and how you contribute to it.
Use and apply tools to improve everyone's development immediately.
Distribute leadership, improving everyone’s strategic thinking.
Who is High Performing Leadership Teams for?
HPLT is open to the leadership teams surrounding all Springboard Trust alumni (those who have completed the Strategic Leadership for Principals Programme).
While all leadership team members are welcome, it is ultimately the decision of the principal on who to bring to the HPLT programme. In particular, leadership team members who play an important role in the implementation of your strategic plan should be invited.
What do you need for High Performing Leadership Teams?
First and foremost, a willing leadership team that wants to commit to positive change and a better shared understanding of your work.
The HPLT programme will take up to five days of time across a single school term, ideally conducted face to face in a safe environment.
Please note that unlike many of our other strategic leadership programmes, HPLT does have a cost of $2,500 plus GST. There are scholarships available thanks to our partners – please contact us to find out more about this.