Create Effective Leadership Practices: Leadership Team Rating & Reflection Activity

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We have created trouble for ourselves in organizations by confusing control with order. This is no surprise, given that for most of its written history, leadership has been defined in terms of its control functions.

– Margaret J. Wheatley

The below activity is designed for your leadership team after you’ve engaged in this assessment process yourself.

Take several minutes to reflect on your most effective leadership practices.

Reflect on which ones have been most important to you personally, professionally, and to the school as a whole.

Use this reflection tool to determine the leadership roles you are using effectively, and the ones that you need to focus on using more often.

Discuss and work together to agree on a rating as a team. Provide evidence as to whether your school is employing effective leadership practices schoolwide using the following definition and scale:

Effective leadership practices use inclusive, collaborative, decision-making processes; support a culture of continuous improvement; support the development of the school’s conditions and climate for learning; and build instructional capacity.


1. Not at all
2. Somewhat
3. For the most part
4. Totally

A score of one reflects that there is little being done intentionally schoolwide. A four would suggest that you have explicit structures and practices schoolwide to support this.


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