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NZEALS - Transitioning into Leadership with Linda Bendikson

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Auckland, Auckland 1011

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Linda Bendikson has been the Director for The University of Auckland Centre for Educational Leadership since 2011. Prior to that, Linda had 17 years’ experience as a primary school principal, and ten years as a regional manager in the New Zealand Ministry of Education. A life-long educationalist, Linda completed her PhD studies at The University of Auckland in 2011. Her PhD research focused on the impact of principals and distributed leadership in 29 New Zealand secondary schools. Linda has led the development of the Growing Great Leaders™ suite of modules, which has now been delivered in New Zealand and is being promoted internationally. While strongly research informed, Linda’s work is grounded and pragmatic - principles which she brings to Growing Great Leaders™.


Middle leaders are a neglected species. They often ‘fall into’ new roles with no preparation beyond their observations of the role models that have preceded them. And yet we know, that effective leadership, (that is leadership that can cause excellent and more equitable outcomes), is a highly skilled business. There is ample research about what it takes for leaders to be effective and yet, as a country, we have almost completely failed to nurture those who are coming through the ranks to principalship or senior leadership. This is a failure on the part of the country, we can claim, but more importantly it isa failure on the part of current principals who do not invest in some in-depth training for middle leaders. In my experience, principals often complain about the quality of middle leaders, but few invest in developing emerging leaders and in so doing, they short change themselves and their students. Simply put, if middle and emerging leaders were trained in what works and why, schools would have a far better chance at gaining improvement in outcomes because they would all be on the same page creating the coherence that is required for improvement.



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