NAIS School Leadership Institute (SLI)

Due to COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel NAIS SLI in 2020.


Good leadership is a constantly evolving practice, no matter your career path and aspirations. The School Leadership Institute (SLI) is an in-depth residential program that will help you cultivate an individualized professional development strategy based on your strengths and areas for improvement. Each attendee will leave this highly interactive program with a unique plan based on proven techniques.
Prior to this institute participants will take the Leadership Practices Inventory 360 based on The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart. Institute participants will analyze and use their knowledge of the Leadership Practices to discuss case studies designed to highlight leadership challenges, meet in small groups, and create a plan of action for taking the key learnings back to their schools.

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Individuals interested in pursuing a career in independent school leadership, at any leadership level and at any point in their careers. Since much of the work of SLI relies on the LPI 360, individuals who manage others, either formally or informally, will benefit the most from the program.

Topics Covered

SLI will focus on helping you:
  • Identify the frequency of personal leadership behaviors as measured by the Leadership Practices Inventory.
  • Align actions with values.
  • Inspire others to share a common vision.
  • Search for opportunities to change and improve.
  • Experiment with innovative ideas and learn from accompanying mistakes.
  • Build collaboration, teamwork, and trust.
  • Strengthen the ability of others to excel.
  • Recognize the accomplishments of others.
  • Apply the lessons learned in the workshop to a current organizational challenge by creating an action plan for continued growth once you return to school.