The best leaders never stop learning

On Monday, 33 IGS educational leaders completed a 40-hour leadership development program, designed and delivered by Principal Shauna Colnan.

Based on Ms Colnan’s sabbatical at the Harvard Kennedy School, Leading with Courage introduced IGS Heads of Department, Heads of House, Heads of Stage, academic directors and other middle leaders to the latest thinking and research about leadership.

Participants were drawn to new ways of thinking about leadership, a common language around leadership and compelling ideas about the role of dignity and purpose in leading others.

The course took place on Wednesday afternoons each week over Term 2. Participants presented their leadership challenges to one other. Consultation groups then used rigorous protocols to provide colleagues with advice to help them make progress on the challenges they were facing. A reading program underpinned the learning experiences and the course curriculum was delivered in the final phase of the course this week.

The aim of the program was for participants to ask better questions, see more options and lead more effectively and adaptively.

Feedback indicates that our middle leaders gained a lot from this leadership development program, both professionally and personally, and enjoyed the opportunity.

The NSW Education Standards Authority has endorsed and accredited this new IGS leadership development program, and participants have been accredited with 40 hours of NESA endorsed professional development that meets key Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.


In Term 4, Ms Colnan will deliver the program to more than 100 IGS teachers, to further broaden their skills’ base and deepen their expertise in the classroom.


This program is part of the School’s ongoing focus on building teacher effectiveness and enhancing the quality of the educational experiences of our students, in alignment with our strategic aspiration for limitless learning and our areas of action to pursue excellence and to boost innovation and collaboration.