Understanding Leadership

PD Topic area:  ALL
Language:  English
Level:  Cat 3

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Understanding Leadership

Leadership is a social construct, positioned in time and place and influenced by personality. This workshop aims to expose, test, and critique the assumptions upon which each participant’s own style, definition and understanding of leadership are based. Leadership theory and current research will form the basis for discussion with case studies and the participants’ own experiences being used to explore leadership, cross-cultural investigations and the impact of culture on leadership styles and practices. There will be an emphasis on the complex, contextual and holistic nature of leadership, and participants will build deeper understandings of how to adapt their leadership style in different contexts.

The workshop will include an introduction to the capabilities and intelligences, core themes and leadership processes that are considered to be most supportive of effective leadership in a range of IB contexts. In line with IB philosophy, participants will be encouraged to develop an investigative mindset, become more inquiry- based and reflective practitioners while modeling life-long learning. Action research will be introduced, helping candidates identify major issues that leaders may face, while planning possible responses that reflect an awareness of local context. Participants will develop and articulate a deeper understanding of their own philosophy, and draft a personal philosophy statement that can then be evaluated as to relevance and effectiveness with reference to daily practice in IB World Schools, through using a reflective journal or blog. 

NOTE: This workshop is only available as a face to face event



Workshop name PD Topic area Language Level
Understanding Leadership ALL English Cat 3

Speakers details

Glenn Odland
Head of School, Canadian International School in Singapore

Glenn Odland has been an educational leader for more than 20 years and has occupied several leadership roles in both North America and Singapore. Glenn is currently in his tenth year as the Head of School at the Canadian International School in Singapore, an IB continuum school offering the PYP, MYP and DP. He has been a keynote speaker at educational conferences around the world and written materials for the scholarly Journal of Research in International Education.

Glenn's leadership style is: Self-aware and other-focused.