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Strengths Based Leadership

About the program 

Strengths Based Leadership is designed for participants to learn more about themselves and their leadership style. A deeper understanding of self as a leader and of the dynamics involved in working relationships is fundamental to any leader's ongoing wellbeing. 

In preparation, participants will complete the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and are provided a report as part of Day 1. This personality and self-awareness assessment forms the basis of each workshop session. 

Learning intentions

At the end of the two day program, participants will:

  • have a deeper understanding of self as a leader
  • understand the mindset of a strengths based leader
  • explore the impact strengths has on working relationships
  • understand (and manage) weaknesses, and the impact on others
  • use strengths to set and achieve goals and work to outcomes
  • use strengths to improve team dynamics
  • develop a strengths based plan for personal and team wellbeing.

Who will benefit?

Aspirant school leaders and school leaders will benefit from this program. 

About the facilitators

  Kaya Consulting is a multi-national firm specialising in organisational effectiveness. They are committed to building educational capability and healthy schools in Australia and New Zealand by helping schools enhance performance, optimise productivity and, ultimately, maximise staff and student outcomes. By focusing on people at all levels, Kaya enables schools to achieve their potential by empowering their people to realise theirs.

Stephen Macdonald BEd, MPsych(Organisational) 
Stephen has spent a number of years working in and around schools in a variety of leadership roles ranging from pastoral care positions, external educational consultancy and leadership coaching. Stephen is an Industrial Organisational (IO) Psychologist with a focus on workplace wellbeing and leadership practices that lead to organisational effectiveness and wellness. Due to his experience working on national wellbeing projects over the last five years he has a particular interest in working with school leaders to assist them with their own wellbeing – the often forgotten factor in creating mentally healthy schools.

Peggy Jasperson BSc(Chemistry), MArts(Teaching, Education Leadership and Administration)
Peggy has developed and delivered programs for students, staff and school-leadership throughout Australia and the USA. Her expertise and experience includes working with schools to develop educational strategies, coaching and providing advisory services to schools, universities and businesses across the country helping to improve the engagement, productivity and performance of their people. Peggy is an accredited Clifton’s Strengths Finder coach and works with schools providing insight into the Gallup Student Poll.

Abby Rammelkamp BSc(Psychology), PGDip(Rehabilitation Counselling), MPsych(Counselling)
Abby is an experienced counselling psychologist with a passion for enabling individuals and organisations to reach their full potential. Her career has focused on managing issues relating to individuals, couples and families, as well as complex issues pertaining to businesses. In addition to professional development programs and executive coaching, Abby has a particular interest in team and organisational culture change programs. This includes designing and delivering personal and professional development programs, such as intervention programs for fly-in-fly-out couples and safety leadership training, as well as emotional intelligence and clinical training programs. This includes solution-focused coaching and schema-focused therapy.

Robyn Walshe BA(Otago), MBA(Massey), PGDipArts, DipTch, FNZIM, PM NZNSA
After 15 years in teaching, with roles including school dean, head of department, careers and counselling, and curriculum development, Robyn moved to a corporate role in a large tertiary education institution. MBA studies led to a strong interest in the link between the performance of an organisation and its staff and the promises made to stakeholders (be they customers, students, community or parents). Over the last decade her consultancy practice has focused on closing this gap in a range of sectors and organisations. Now designing, developing and delivering workshops on related topics in New Zealand and Australia, Robyn demonstrates that her passion for teaching is still paramount.  


Alignment to professional standards

Strengths Based Leadership is aligned with the following key professional practice from the Australian Professional Standards for Principals:‚Äč

  • Leading improvement, innovation and change

    Two-day program

    17 and 18 October 2017



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Day 1 Day 2 Times
17 October 2017
18 October 2017
8.30am - 4.00pm






Institute for Professional Learning
164-194 Oxford St, Leederville

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On the day

  • Program start at 8.30am. 
  • Business dress is required.
  • Morning tea and lunch are provided.
  • Wifi connection is available.


Institute for Professional Learning
Building B
164-194 Oxford Street



Please note, the Institute does not have on-site parking:

  • The City of Vincent has a number of car parks throughout Leederville.
  • The closest long term paid parking is available on the south side of The Avenue Car Park on Leederville Parade.
  • Short term paid parking (two hour) is available in adjacent streets.
  • The City of Vincent offers a 'pay by phone' parking service.
  • The Institute is a two minute walk from Leederville train station.
  • Taxis service the site promptly.
  • Cycle racks are located outside Building F.

Download the Institute map and parking information.

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How to enrol


Further information

Please contact the Institute for Professional Learning on 1300 610 801 or email .


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