Leadership Profiles

What are the Profiles?

The Profiles build upon the Australian Professional Standard for Principals (the Standard). They provide greater detail about the actions and behaviours required to create and lead effective learning environments. The Profiles aid reflection on the nature and impact of current leadership practice and assist with developing clear directions for professional learning and growth.

They Profiles can be viewed as a Summary Table against the Professional Practices of the Standard, or through three different lenses with the Interactive Leadership Profiles

How are the Leadership Profiles organised?

The Profiles are a set of statements validated by the profession that describe the leadership actions of principals as they progress to higher levels of proficiency. 

The set of statements are arranged for principals to view through three leadership lenses - the Professional Practices lens (linked to the Standard's five Professional Practices), the Leadership Requirements lens (linked to the Standard's three Leadership Requirements) and a third lens, the Leadership Emphasis lens (which focuses on broader leadership contexts that principals deal with). The following diagram illustrates each lens and its related focuses. 


The Professional Practices lens organises the set of  statements to form Profiles that describe the Standard’s five Professional Practices at increasing levels of proficiency.
The Professional Practices lens consists of 
five focuses: 

  • Leading teaching and learning
  • Developing self and others
  • Leading improvement, innovation and change
  • Leading the management of the school
  • Engaging and working with the community


The Leadership Requirements lens organises the same set of  statements to form Profiles that describe the Standard’s three Leadership Requirements at increasing levels of proficiency.
The Leadership Requirements lens consists of three focuses:

  • Vision and values
  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Personal qualities, social and interpersonal skills


The Leadership Emphasis lens organises the same set of  statements into four focuses. Because a school leader’s actions are broadly contingent on the context in which they operate, these Statements describe the emphasis and do not form a progressive Profile. 
The Leadership Emphasis lens consists of four focuses: 

  • Operational
  • Relational
  • Strategic
  • Systemic

The emphasis a principal chooses to apply in their leadership practices reflects their career stage, capability and context. 

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