Re-imagining school leadership - realising your potential

The Leading for impact: Australian guidelines for school leadership development, were written with aspiring leaders in mind. They're also compulsory reading for current principals across all systems and sectors who want to review and improve their approach to leadership.

The next generation of school leaders are already in classrooms but may not be aware of how to take the next step. These guidelines can help potential leaders have a 'courageous conversation' about their aspirations, and how to structure their career to develop the skills and competencies required for leadership.

The guidelines are 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.