Leading Others:
The Balcony and the Dance Floor

A different view of leadership

For leaders at all levels looking for a new lens through which to view, understand and enact leadership.

Date: Wednesday, 15th May 2019
Location: AISNSW Conference Centre, Level 12, 99 York Street SYDNEY NSW 2000

Participants from: 
AIS Member Schools: $425
Any other school or organisation: $850

Standard Descriptors:
6 hours of NESA registered professional learning addressing 6.3.4 from the APST

“Excellent framework for leadership in complex and challenging environments.”


  • Introduction to Harvard University Professor Ronald Heifetz’s Adaptive Leadership model
  • Applying the thinking to case studies from your own context
  • Developing diagnostic tools to better understand and manage group dynamics
  • Learning how to negotiate complex environments.

This masterclass will challenge you to engage with the main message of adaptive leadership practice; if a system is broken, it must be diagnosed and fixed by taking risks and challenging the status quo in order to provoke change. With the understanding that this can cause pain or be threatening to others, you will return to your school with the courage and confidence to put yourself on the line as a leader and overcome the challenges you are facing together.

AIS Leadership Consultant, Penny Brown, presents this masterclass having worked as Professor Ronald Heifetz’s Lead Teaching Assistant at the Harvard Kennedy School.

“It is not about meeting or exceeding expectations; it is about challenging some of those expectations, finding a way to disappoint people without pushing them completely over the edge"

(Heifetz, Grashow & Linsky, 2009, p. 26).