HIL Leadership Principles

We build motivation and capacity among school leaders and their staff through the use of implementation strategies within four powerful High Impact Leadership Principles. 


Learn more about about our School Renewal Cycle 

 Principle 1: Positive Core

Mission & Vision Focused
  • Focus attention on the "why" and link it to school mission and vision.
Growth Mindset
  • Adopt a growth mindset; imagine what can be!
Appreciative Lens
  • Adopt a growth mindset; imagine what can be!
Strengths-Based
  • Profile current strengths to build upon for achieving desired state.

Principle 2: Collective Ownership

Distributed Leadership
  • Distribute leadership across key stakeholders
Shared Responsibility
  • Share responsibility among key players who know their roles and responsibilities and the vital behaviors to carry them out.
Social Trust
  • Create social trust, where people can safely explore, grow, and adapt. 
Inter-dependence
  • Foster interdependence through regular activities to co-create, co-investigate, and co-develop.

Principle 3: Evidence-Based Decisions

Collaborative Inquiry
  • Investigate current student, staff, and school strengths and growth edges.
Performance Profiling
  • Identify priority growth targets and set priorities for student, staff, and school.
Progress Monitoring
  • Monitor progress in real time. Identify measures and benchmarks for student, staff, and school priority growth targets.
Leading and Lagging Indicators
  • Attend to leading and lagging indicators. Combine annual, interim, and real-time measures.

Principle 4: Organizational Learning

Reflective Practice
  • Reflect together; engage weekly and monthly to analyze benchmarking data and reflect on progress toward desired state.
Double Loop Questioning
  • Question deeply; raise new questions to guide growth, adaptations, and further learning.
Systems Thinking & Alignment
  • Align capacity, resources, process, roles, and responsibilities to support progress toward desired state.
Levels of Learning
  • Learn, adapt, and evolve. Support adult learning and protect a safe learning environment for adults and students alike.