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Managing people on top of teaching, pastoral and operational functions in an ever-changing landscape can feel like a daunting task, especially in a remote or blended environment.

As a leader you need to be compassionate, emotionally intelligent and responsive to unexperienced and unexpected situations. You need to motivate and inspire to embed the correct whole-school culture.

Our Effective Team Management Skills for International School Leaders course gives you the core practical skills to manage and lead your teams to success. Designed for leaders in international schools managing people across any functions, it tackles the key elements of line management, from goal setting to delegation.

Attend this engaging course to hear about different styles of leadership, and discover which style works best for you and your team through individual questionnaires, reflective learning and practical group exercises. Take away the skills to deal with some of the more difficult aspects of people management, including handling challenging conversations, learning how to deliver development feedback and motivate others when we notice a change in performance.

Our virtual courses have been designed with you in mind. From group exercises in breakout rooms to live chat, whiteboards and interactive polls, we use a range of tools and techniques to ensure that you can connect with your trainer; network and share best practice with your peers and leave the day with the skills you need.

Our courses provide you with an interactive and engaging learning environment that can be accessed from any location, helping you to continue to connect, learn and grow.

Please note we will use Zoom to virtually deliver this course.

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Marie Thake
Leadership Coach

Marie is a dedicated, passionate professional people development specialist, who runs her own Coaching and training business. She partners with organisations to make a difference to employees as individuals and enables them to feel engaged with the organisations they work for, leading them to achieve their own and their organisations’ vision.

Marie is passionate about having the ability to enthuse others to learn, through engagement, building trust and understanding what motivates people to perform. She has held her role of Director and People Development Consultant for over 10 years following her roles for companies such as Prudential, HBOS, ...

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Learning Outcomes

  • Examine the different leadership styles and choose the one that suits you best
  • Build your confidence to be able to manage and lead your team to meet collective goals and objectives
  • Understand the importance of building a motivated team and how to ensure a culture of high performance
  • Take away tips on how best to lead the more difficult aspects of people leadership, including giving feedback and delegation

In-House Option



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07.25 - 07.30


07.30 - 08.00

Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

08.00 - 08.45

Understanding Different Management and Leadership Styles

  • Realise the challenges and opportunities for leaders in international schools
  • Know how to cement your role as a leader and be perceived positively
  • Learn how to adapt your style depending on who you are communicating with
  • Explore a number of leadership styles and how to manage different groups of people successfully
  • Identify your position as a leader of school staff – your strengths, limitations and what leadership style suits you and your team best
08.45 - 09.00


09.00 - 10.00

The Importance of Team Building

  • Look at different types of teams and evaluate your current team structures
  • Learn the theory behind high performing teams and how to utilise this to your benefit
  • Understand how to transition from your role as team member to team leader and the possible challenges that may arise
  • Explore how to build effective and motivated teams through communication with different people on an individual level, including how to focus on personal wellbeing
10.00 - 10.15


10.15 - 11.00

Setting Realistic Goals, Managing Results and Achieving Effective Delegation

  • How to monitor staff performance and maintain motivation
  • Setting expectations which are tangible, accountable and manageable
  • Explore coaching techniques and develop the skills to get the most out of people
  • Learn how to plan effectively to ensure the priorities of your organisation are met
11.00 - 12.00


12.00 - 12.45

Managing Difficult Conversations and Giving Feedback

  • Take away tips for managing poor performance in a constructive way
  • Practise managing difficult conversations and actioning tough decisions
  • Developing an effective and assertive leadership style to cope with challenging situations
  • Learn how to have developmental conversations and give feedback which empowers your team
  • Finding the balance between maintaining control and instilling a culture of trust and inclusivity
13.00 - 14.00

Workshop: Leadership in Action

Work with the Trainer through a number of interactive workshop activities to put the skills you’ve learned from the day into practice.

  • Conduct self-analysis based on what you have been discussing throughout the day
  • Build your personal leadership development plan for implementation back at work to become a confident leader
14.00 - 14.15

Round Up and Key Takeaways


"The Effective Team Management Skills for International School Leaders course has really helped me to reflect on my own leadership style and provide me with the opportunity to create a plan to ensure that immediate action is taken. This training session will enable me to deliver a training session to our MMT to develop and enhance their practice. Marie was a fantastic presenter."
Chani MeyerHead of Primary, Newton International Academy, Smash
"Well presented and very informative. I really enjoyed bouncing off ideas from various leaders across the globe."
Edwin ThijsEducator, ISF Waterloo
"It's great to take the time out to engage with different people with different expertise. I found the course provoked good reflection of my own leadership and management skills, and also that of our team in this current context. The tools are very useful to hone the range of skills needed to be an effective leader. Thank you!"
Tracy Raukura GilliesVice Principal, Jabel Hafeet School