DESIGN TEAM

Design for Leader Excellence

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DEFINE YOUR LEADERSHIP ESSENTIALS

A leader’s dispositions--the beliefs, actions and values that drive a leader’s actions and behavior--are as important to leadership as knowledge and skills when it comes to building strong teams, healthy school cultures, and joyful learning environments. Schools and districts benefit from generating shared consensus about dispositional expectations and making those expectations public and explicit for current and aspiring leaders.

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HOW DOES IT WORK?

Design Team is a facilitated process that enables central office leaders and school leaders to reach consensus on the skills, competencies, and dispositions required for leadership success in their community of schools.  Our team leverages seminal research, state and national educational leadership standards, and our own tools and resources to help you define the leadership essentials for your school system.

The result is a leadership development framework that is both mirror and map: it reflects the non-negotiables that guide you today, and offers a framework to select, recruit and develop the leaders of tomorrow.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

  • Collective understanding among incumbent leaders about requirements for leadership success
  • More uniformity in identifying and selecting future leaders
  • Solid foundation to design and align succession plans and leadership development interventions
  • Develop empathy and accountability across school and central office leader community
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WHAT OUR PARTNERS ARE SAYING

"We just completed the Design Team process with GLISI, and I couldn’t be more satisfied with the depth of expertise on the GLISI team.  They skillfully balanced our own ideas and beliefs about what our schools need from Monroe County leaders with research, posing the right questions, and examples from their work that pushed our thinking forward."  

Mick Hickman, Monroe County Schools Superintendent

"Our leadership competency model tells people, right on the front end, who we are and what we value. It makes you think, 'Do I fit this bill, or do I need to look elsewhere?'  When you are intentional about what you say your organization is about, it gives people the option of saying, 'Hey, this maybe isn’t my boat, I need to get on another one,' or really reinforces, 'This is where I need to be.  I want to be a leader here.'"

Principal, Paulding County School District

"I would describe our leadership competency model as a pervasive thought process. It’s in our offices. It’s in our boardroom. It’s in our schools. It’s a constant reminder of what we expect."

Central Office Leader, Paulding County School District

LEADERSHIP DEVELOP FRAMEWORK EXAMPLES

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Monroe County Schools

Whitfield County Schools

CONNECTION TO ASPIRING LEADERS

Design Team is the foundational phase of GLISI’s Aspiring Leaders service.  Our participants tell us that Aspiring Leaders is relevant, engaging and prepares them for success in the system where they desire to lead because of the tight alignment between what we teach and the leadership essentials identified in Design Team.

Design Team also connects incumbent leaders with aspiring leaders in the system. Design Team participants tell us that as a result of participating, they were inspired to improve their own practice and were energized around facilitating the success of future leaders.

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Interested in an aspiring leaders partnership?

Fill out our partnership inquiry form.