EI for Leaders

A best-practice framework for leadership in schools developed by education leaders. 

This elegant framework is built around three key questions that leaders in schools need to anticipate:

  • Where are we going?
  • Why will we follow?
  • How will we get there?

Our beliefs

We believe that for leaders to transform they need to fully understand their current state, recognize the gap to the future state, and develop the capability and competency to close that gap.

We fundamentally believe that standard leadership development programs fail to elicit the outcomes desired. 

Most leadership programs fail because they do not change the underlying culture that creates and supports existing leadership paradigms. To transform the culture one must change both the fundamental behaviors (competencies) and beliefs (mindset), as well as the structures of leadership.

Unique Approach

Unlike other solutions we don’t stop at feedback and goal setting. Our portal enables leaders to plan and track activities towards meeting their goals.

  • Leaders can read, watch, and listen to resources from our library of resources targeted at their development area.
  • Record reflections, activities they have tried in school, learnings from peers, and coaching/mentoring conversations.
  • Assess impact by getting progress feedback


Library of resources

Our library of 1,000s resources curated by EI experts, the EI leaders community and our partner learning organisations offer participating leaders a tailored learning experienced targeted at the area of competency they are working on.

“At EI we want professional development to be something leaders can do ALL the time. Not just once a term. You can’t have a culture of continuous improvement if you’re not continually improving.” – Ken Wallace – Co-Founder and CEO


Through the year leaders follow our continual improvement methodology.

1. Align

Ensure your leaders are heading in the right direction. Focus on improving the leadership competencies that matter most in schools. The EI for Leaders framework is based on best-practice leadership competencies in schools. 


2. Get 360 Feedback

You can’t improve what you don’t know. Leaders collect 360 feedback on how they are going from the people that matter.

Competencies areas: Where are we going? Crafting Vision, Developing People Why will we follow? Catalysing Change, Modelling Excellence, Building Relationships How will we get there? Communicating Effectively, Driving Accountability, Nurturing Culture, Managing Issues

3. Set

After reflecting on feedback leaders come together to set S.M.A.R.T. development goals.


4. Learn

Start by learning. Get access to a library of 1,000s of resources and courses about improving leadership.

5. Plan and track

In the EI GROW portal leaders can reflect on through progress. They can also record activities they have tried, learnings gained from peers, and the output of coaching/mentoring conversations. 


6. Measure

Let others be the judge and enable leaders to take stock on how far they’ve come. Compare feedback data and see if your leaders have shifted perceptions

7. Always on

Leadership is a complex mix of skills.  Your leaders should be continually improving so we’ve made the process simple and easy to do every year. Leaders start from the top again and discover what next to improve.


Speak to one our experts about how we can help your leaders at your school

Linked to standards

The EI For Leaders framework is mapped  to the Australian Professional Standard for Principals.

Custom leadership

Our solution can be customised to map to other standards or frameworks. If you have your own standards or frameworks get in touch to hear how we can customise our platform for you.

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