Leadership Strategies for Successful Schools

Kellogg School of Management

How long?

  • 2 days
  • in person

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)
  • 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
  • Manage school talent to meet the ever-evolving needs of your school community
  • Build a strong and sustainable school culture that reinforces your mission
  • Learn new ways to sustain motivation amongst your teachers and staff
  • Use data to inform decision-making and prioritize best practices
  • Learn new methods to lead and mobilize your team through intentional communication

Program Content

Generating better ideas with your team

  • We often focus on outcomes, but it is people who develop, modify and implement ideas to get the best outcomes
  • This fun and dynamic session will help you develop new strategies for generating ideas with your team, and for using creativity in problem solving
  • Relatable and useful for any organization, this session takes into account group dynamics in education and offers real examples for immediate applicability

Building unbiased decision making processes

  • School leaders make important decisions every day that impact kids, teachers, families and communities
  • All of us sometimes fall prey to psychological and sociological traps that hinder effective decision making
  • In this engaging and interactive session participants will learn new strategies to build better decision-making processes and apply the strategies in real time
  • Participants will also gain insight into how to analyze group decision making processes

Courageous conversations: overcoming organizational silence

  • A culture of courageous communication is an essential ingredient of high performance schools
  • When people do not feel free to discuss some of the most significant issues they face employee engagement and productivity can decrease
  • This session identifies ways leaders can build a culture of courageous communication, leading to increased motivation and performance
  • Participants will have a chance to workshop their own upcoming real courageous conversations

Sustaining motivation in yourself and others

  • In this session, you will learn a model for motivation that can be applied to both yourself and your team
  • Gain clarity about your unique leadership skills, values, strengths and limitations
  • Walk away with tools to help you sustain yourself in your role as a school leader
  • Discover practical ways to keep up newly desired behaviors when old habits are still there

Path to excellence: using data to identify and spread promising practices

  • Learn how to develop a clear set of measurable outcomes and indicators for your school
  • Begin designing a continuous improvement project you’ll take back to your school
  • Apply performance measurement and continuous improvement to your work even when resources and technology are limited

Leadership communication frameworks

  • School communications have many variables and can be incredibly complex
  • This session will transform a complex set of considerations to a simple model for intentional communication
  • 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
  • You will be able to use this communication model to distribute lessons learned across the program to maximize the impact of your learning


Michelle Buck

Michelle Buck is Clinical Professor of Leadership at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  She has previously served as the School's first Director of Leadership Initiatives from 2006 to 2013, designing and coordinating opportunities for personal leadership development to ...

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...

Pranav Kothari

Pranav Kothari is the Founder & CEO of Revolution Impact, LLC. Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Chicago, the firm focuses on helping social sector organizations improve their results through better business practices and organizational strategies. The firm’s projects include growth and ...

Kevin Murnane

Kevin Murnane has more than 20 years of experience in Human Resource executive coaching, change management consulting, competency-based training, teaching, marketing, entrepreneurial software start-ups, marketing and business development. He currently consults on projects ranging from executive c...

Nicholas Pearce

Dr. Nicholas Pearce serves as an award-winning Clinical Associate Professor of Management & Organizations at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and as the founder and chief executive officer of The Vocati Group, a global executive advisory services firm. He is a leading sc...

Liz Gerber

In the face of looming challenges like childhood obesity, environmental collapse, and soaring health care costs, we need dramatic and sustained innovation. The driving question behind my research is how technology and organizations can support the innovation process to solve these challenges. In ...

Amy Stewart Smith

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

Leadership Strategies for Successful Schools at Kellogg School of Management

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