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Agile leadership provides a dynamic approach to leading change that will enable leaders to maximise their impact, harness evidence and create effective local solutions. These teams work to create a positive impact through adopting agile ways of working together.

Agile Leadership Masterclass

How leaders can create meaningful impact despite growing complexity

Do you want to be better equipped to lead and manage complex change? Do you want a practical process and tools to more effectively implement your plan for educational improvement?

Educational leaders are expected to improve a range of valued outcomes under conditions of increasing change and uncertainty. Agile leadership is a dynamic approach to leading improvement that will enable leaders to create impact despite the increased complexity and ambiguity that they face in their roles. This one-day masterclass provides a clear framework to enable any leader to take action. Leaders will gain a clear understanding of the agile mindset, processes and tools that can help them to accelerate their teams current improvement work and manage complex change. Leaders will determine key focus areas for action, design an agile plan and be equipped to take 50 days of rapid action back in their own unique contexts.

Program Overview

Session 1

- Analyse why default approaches to leading educational change so often fail to achieve their intended outcomes
- Explore and build confidence in applying agile principles to leading improvement, innovation and change
- Develop the mindsets and patterns of behaviour to be able to flourish as a leader in times of change and situations of high uncertainty.

Session 2

- Focus on a small number of coherent improvement efforts
- Clarify pathways to achieving meaningful change
- Applying strategic thinking tools to your own change initiatives

Session 3

- Incubate changes at a small scale in order to increase the likelihood of future success
- Planning to gather and use evidence to steer and refine improvement work
- Adopting the plans, routines and ceremonies of highly effective agile teams

Agile Leadership Collective Impact Program (4-Days)


A longitudinal 6-9 month program designed to enhance the capabilities of school teams to lead agile improvement in their unique educational context.

A highly practical, job-embedded program run over 6-9 months.
The Agile Leadership Collective Impact program is designed to enable school leadership teams to effectively implement their plans for improvement by adopting agile ways of working together. School leadership teams have improvement plans with goals, action plans and milestones. The key challenge for most is one of effective implementation with impact, despite the complexity, uncertainty and resistance they face in the complex-relational environments of contemporary schools.

The Agile Leadership Collective Impact program provide a systematic process to animate and accelerate the school improvement work that teams are already engaged in. By providing the leadership frameworks, skills and tools, teams will be enabled to move through iterative cycles of action, feedback and refinement towards their intended impact for students, teachers and community.

The longitudinal design of the program enables leaders to build improvement capacity by solving real challenges in their own unique educational setting. Leaders and their team are supported to move from theory to practice as they shift from the workshop intensives into the grounded application work within their school, before returning to unpack the lessons learned and plan for the next phase of improvement work. By building confidence in the Agile Leadership principles, mind-sets, tools and routines, teams will build the adaptive capacity to be flexible and responsive throughout their change journey. They will leave with practical approaches and new agile ways of working together that will be sustained beyond the scope of the formal program.  


Leadership teams will learn how to…

  • EMBRACE and model agile mind-sets during complex educational change work

  • APPLY agile improvement principles, methods and tools in their own improvement journeys

  • REFINE their improvement priorities and approaches, and clarify their precise intended pathways for impact

  • IMPLEMENT small in the early phase of implementation in order to de-risk change

  • ADOPT and embed the plans, routines and norms of highly-effective agile teams

  • HARNESS evaluative thinking to monitor the progress, successes, failures and roadblocks in the improvement journey as it unfolds.

  • CONTINUOUSLY refine and sharpen their strategies and plans for improvement based on their own ‘learning by doing’ within their own context

  • OVERCOME resistance and support the adoption of evidence-informed approaches and practices


Your Journey Towards Being An Agile Leader


Program Overview

This program consists of:

  • 4 Days of  leadership intensive workshops

  • Pre-learning and school improvement analysis

  • Online videos and resources available

  • Application of learning through a school improvement project

  • Team reflection and peer coaching

  • Agile Leadership team toolkit


Pre-Learning & Improvement Analysis


Leadership teams engage in online prior learning including videos and readings in order to gain an understanding of the key frameworks and tools that form the backbone of the course. Teams also review their school plans and conduct a preliminary analysis to identify the highest priority improvement goals and initiatives that they want to focus on during the program.

Embracing Agile Leadership - 2-day Intensive Workshop


This two-day catalytic and immersive program is desired to lay the key conceptual foundations of agile leadership, and build team focus and commitment for the improvement work to be undertaken.
Day 1 - the Agile Leadership Masterclass - provides leaders with a clear understanding of the key mindset, skills and approaches that can help them to accelerate their current improvement work and manage complex change.
Day 2 - Agile Leadership into Action - teams will build confidence in applying the key frameworks and tools to their own improvement work. Teams will be lead through a process to prioritise and refine focus improvement areas, sharpen their theory of impact, and leave with a 50-day agile action plan to guide their embedded work back in their school.

School-based Improvement Work


Leadership teams engage in short, focused improvement work in their school context. They will be supported to take a disciplined approach which involves the regular collection and response to process and early impact evidence. Additional learning will occur through the use of online tools, videos and resources.

Embedding Agile Leadership 1-day Intensive Workshop


Teams return to review the work so far, analyse evidence, refine thinking and plan for the next agile phase of action.
Teams bring early process and impact evidence of their improvement work so far and analyse what they are learning. Together we will unpack the lessons learned from what is working, and what is not yet working, and map out the implications for their theory of impact and action plan. Teams will further develop their ability to harness an ‘evaluative thinking’ approach to continuous improvement, and build their capacity to collect and analyse relevant evidence to inform all stages of their change journey. Teams leave with their next 50-day action plan and commitments for the further development of their agile routines.

School-based Improvement Work


Leadership teams engage in their next phase of focused improvement work in their school context. Teams will refine their theory of impact and work to collect relevant process and impact evidence. Additional learning will occur through online videos and resources and team-based peer coaching.

Sustaining Agile Leadership 1-day Intensive Workshop


Teams return to review their evidence of impact, learn from their experiences and plan out the next logical steps. Teams will have the opportunity to celebrate the successes achieved so far and crystallise the lessons learned through cross-team dialogue and peer-review. Leaders will develop their understanding of how behavioural science can support their efforts to deepen and embed change, especially where they are experiencing resistance to the spreading of new approaches. Teams will reflect on their overall health and the growth they have experienced in the ways that they work together to achieve an impact in their schools. Individuals will review the growth in their mind-sets and behaviours as agile leaders of learning and make commitments for further development and growth.

School-based Improvement Work


Leadership teams continue their school improvement projects, and seek to sustain their new agile ways of working together.

Agile Leadership Resources

What people have been saying…

It is rare to experience such an inspiring program that simultaneously provides concrete steps to bring about real change...highly energetic, challenging and ultimately intelligent presentation skills accompanied by rich Eureka- moment materials are a powerful combination that place this program at the highest level.
— Principal

The best training I have ever had. I am walking away with a wealth of knowledge and understand and the desire to continue to make teaching and learning better in my school.
— Lead Teacher
It is excellent as it ushered me to start planning during the course and made it easy for me to start doing immediately after finishing one stage of the course.
— Lead Teacher
I have been teaching for over 28 years. This is hands down one of the best professional development programs I have ever attended. This program gives you time to reflect and to learn form the other experts in the room...was extremely valuable and powerful.
— Instructional Coach
This has been a fantastic model of how professional learning can look in terms of structure. Having teams from schools, who are able to affect change and improve teaching and learning, attending and learning together I believe will have a huge and immediate impact on teaching and learning in our classrooms.
— Lead Teacher
It was inspirational and transforming.
— Lead Teacher