Leadership Strategies for Successful Schools

Kellogg School of Management

How long?

  • 2 days
  • in person

What are the topics?

Kellogg School of Management


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Who should attend

  • Superintendents, Heads of Schools, Deans, Principals, Assistant/Associate Principals, Lead Teachers
  • School Senior Leadership Teams (special pricing available for teams of participants)
  • K-12 Education Board members

About the course

Maximize Your Impact as a School Leader

School leaders face significant pressures and challenges while leading schools in today’s uncertain world and our shifting educational landscape. This unique learning experience offers school leaders the chance to enhance their management capabilities to more effectively navigate those challenges. You will leave the program with a leadership toolkit and practical frameworks you can put to use immediately. Expert faculty from Kellogg and Northwestern, along with seasoned education sector practitioners, will share insights in a combination of lectures, small group sessions and interactive exercises.

Topical and highly interactive, you will leave this program energized as a leader, empowered with a broader perspective, and equipped with tools to support the goals you have for staff and students as well as the broader community your school serves.

Key Benefits

  • Develop tools to manage challenges and balance priorities; build decision-making and prioritization skills
  • Learn new leadership frameworks to bring out the best in your teachers and staff
  • Gain exposure to methods for intentional communication that will help you lead and mobilize your team through change initiatives
  • Understand new ways to sustain motivation amongst your teachers and staff

Program Content

Leader as Coach

  • Understand the rationale for using the leader as coach approach in schools
  • Discern situations where coaching can best help to solve problems, make decisions and discover opportunities
  • Learn coaching skills to develop potential and improve performance on your school teams
  • Use an assessment to further develop your own leadership awareness

Leadership communication frameworks

  • School communications have many variables and can be incredibly complex
  • Learn from real world examples where communications have gone wrong despite the best of intentions and apply the model to see where communications got off track
  • This session will transform a complex set of considerations to a simple model for intentional communication
  • You will be able to use this communication model to distribute lessons learned across the program to maximize the impact of your learning

Harnessing the power of social networks in your school

  • Discover the power of social network analysis in school settings
  • Understand the intuitive, complex “map” of your school team in a more systematic and simple way
  • Learn to purposely leverage existing structures within your school during change initiatives

Learning from leadership failures

  • Learn strategies for self-management and self-leadership, particularly in moments of intense uncertainty
  • Become aware of common biases that occur in moments of failure
  • Discover two universal and practical frameworks to make the most of failure
  • Walk away armed with new perspective and tools to help lead others through and following failure


Shana Carroll

Professor Carroll is a Clinical Associate Professor and the Director of the Management Communication Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. As a member of the faculty, she develops curriculum and teaches in the areas of leadership, change management and organizat...

Brenda Ellington Booth

Brenda Ellington Booth joined Kellogg in 1999 as an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations and Associate Academic Director of Executive Programs. In 2007, she created the role of Academic Director of Kellogg Leadership Coaching Programs. In 2009 she was promoted to Clinical Professor...

Amy Stewart Smith

Amy Stewart Smith - Academic Director; Director of Nonprofit Executive Programs

Cynthia Coburn

Cynthia E. Coburn is a professor at Northwestern's School of Education and Social Policy. Coburn studies the relationship between instructional policy and teachers' classroom practices in urban schools. To date, Coburn has investigated this issue in a series of studies that tackle critical issues...

Joseph Holtgreive

Joe Holtgreive is responsible for counseling students who are struggling academically or with personal issues, and for helping them identify ways to be successful. As director of McCormick's Office of Personal Development, Joe provides resources and opportunities that help students grow both pers...

Leadership Strategies for Successful Schools at Kellogg School of Management

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