Leadership Profiles

Behaviour Change

Using the Profiles to become a better leader can sometimes require changes to behaviour. Familiarity with the general principles of behaviour change will assist school leaders as they strive to advance their learning and development. 

The behaviour change model described here outlines the steps and stages to accomplish behaviour change in a simple linear format. However, it is acknowledged that movement along the continuum is rarely straightforward and linear. Click through the model to become familiar with the process for achieving personal change. 

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Gaining awareness

Gaining an awareness of the personal benefits associated with making a change is the critical first step towards changing behaviour. The Profiles provide detailed description of the principal role, enabling school leaders to develop increased awareness and knowledge of the areas in which they could change to improve their leadership effectiveness.

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Strengthening attitude

At the next stage, an individual’s attitude towards change plays an important role in influencing the likelihood of a change in behaviour. Attitudes and confidence to change determine the will to change. The stronger the intention, the more likely it is that change will occur. 

Building knowledge

Effectively building knowledge about how to understand, prepare for and take the next steps towards achieving a desired change increases the likelihood of the change occurring. Strategies to build knowledge to enable change should focus on:

- understanding the nature of the change
- reducing the barriers and blockers
- considering how to manage the consequences of the change
- developing a plan of action around this.

Taking action

At this stage, the individual is required to take action to perform and then maintain the change. This requires significant effort and persistence. For school leaders, drawing on trusted relationships and networks, gaining positive support and reflecting on progress can help improve and sustain the attempts at behaviour change and maintain the determination to continue.

Achieving behaviour change

Behaviour change occurs when the action eventually becomes automatic. At this stage the desired outcomes have been achieved and school leaders will see that their capabilities have grown. Practice is essential to maintaining the change.

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