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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. In preparation, participants complete the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and are provided a report on day one.

This personality and self-awareness assessment forms the basis of each workshop session. A deeper understanding of self as leader and of the dynamics involved in working relationships is fundamental to any leader’s wellbeing. 

Learning intentions

By the end of the program, it is intended participants will:

  • have a deeper understanding of self as a leader
  • understand the mindset of a strengths-based leader
  • explore the affect 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.

Target audience

Aspirant school leaders and school leaders

About the facilitators

Kaya Consulting is a multi-national firm specialising in organisational effectiveness. It is 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.

Our facilitators include:

Stephen Macdonald 
Stephen has spent a number of years working in and around schools in leadership roles ranging from pastoral care, external educational consultancy and leadership coaching. Stephen is an industrial organisational psychologist with a focus on workplace wellbeing and leadership practices that lead to organisational effectiveness and wellness. 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
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. 

Abby Rammelkamp
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. Abby has a particular interest in team and organisational culture-change programs.

Robyn Walshe 
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.

Alignment to professional standards

Australian Professional Standard for Principals:‚Äč

  • Leading improvement, innovation and change

    Two-day program

    17 and 18 May 2018
    16 and 17 August 2018



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  Day 1 Day 2
Cohort 1 Thursday
17 May 2018
18 May 2018
Cohort 2 Thursday
16 August 2018
17 August 2018

All programs run from 8.30am to 4.00pm.

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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.


The Institute for Professional Learning is located in Building B at 164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville WA. We co-locate with the School of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE).


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 register

  • Register for Strengths Based Leadership on PLIS
  • Complete your details and payment.

Further information

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


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