School leadership matters for learners

That's why we've developed Leading for impact: Australian guidelines for school leadership development, so that we can support systems and sectors, principals and other leaders review and improve their approaches to leadership development.

The guidelines will help you strengthen current approaches to supporting and developing future leaders, and ensure pathways to leadership are clear and inclusive. They're also informed by the Australian Professional Standard for Principals, and the Highly Accomplished and Lead career stages of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

About the guidelines

Ben Johns, School Leadership Team, AITSL

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Summary of key messages

Get an overview of what strong leadership looks like, how it is achieved, and the importance of leadership for teachers, school leaders and principals.



Start at the beginning by understanding why focusing on leadership is fundamentally important to maximising impact on teaching and learning, and how the guidelines can help you do it.


Leadership development

Learn how to build and measure your leadership development strategy, find and develop future leaders, and grow a strong leadership culture.


Preparation and development for the principal role

Understand why principals need specific preparation and support, and how our guidelines are designed to help prepare and develop them so they thrive in their role.


Evidence base

See a complete list of the research and evidence we used to develop the guidelines.