CCL Pilots Leadership Program for Heads of School in collaboration with International Baccalaureate (IB) in Singapore

June 20, 2017
Participants discussing their boundaries and strategies for spanning at the pilot Leadership Program for Heads of Schools

Participants discussing their boundaries and strategies for spanning at the pilot Leadership Program for Heads of Schools

CCL Pilots Leadership Program for Heads of School in collaboration with International Baccalaureate (IB) in Singapore

When it comes to international schools, no two are alike.  With unique contexts, significant diversity, a range of curricula, and unique missions, international schools come in all shapes and sizes. International schools require highly skilled Heads of Schools that provide multifaceted leadership to staff, the curriculum, organization and culture to ensure student learning and accomplishing their unique school mission.  To further equip Heads of Schools to lead in complex and changing environments, CCL piloted the Leadership Program for Heads of Schools.  The pilot program was held in collaboration with International Baccalaureate (IB) to address the leadership needs of executive Heads of Schools. The IB is a non-profit educational foundation offering four highly respected programs of international education.  Attendees of the two-day program included Heads of Schools and Principals from 5 countries: Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, Indonesia, and Singapore.

Successful leadership in international schools requires self-awareness, learning agility, influence, and communication skills.  These are known as CCL’s Fundamental Fours with the Lead4Sucess program serving as foundational modules.  The program facilitated by CCL’s Education Faculty, Greg Cameron, and Societal Advancement Adjunct Faculty, Anne Combs, was further tailored to international school administration which included additional content on Effective Leadership – DAC, Boundary Spanning, Trust, and Collaboration.

Of most value to participants was the peer-learning environment that was created. The workshop was open to Heads of Schools and Principals, creating an intensive “job-alike” approach and allowing deeper collaboration and application of the content. This was expressed as the component that contributed most to the learning. “I really liked the sharing/listening,” reflected one participant. “The structured activities allowed reinforcement of the concept.” Another Head of School felt the learning was enhanced from “real-life alignment and practical implementation because it give real/synthetic takeaways that we can use tomorrow.”

Upon reflection on the program, participants shared their appreciation to IB for promoting this leadership training, which offered a different experience than typical workshops for IB leaders. They went on to express their enthusiasm for future programs that use CCL’s leadership solution to promote IB philosophy, implementation, and practices. We look forward to further collaboration with the IB to meet the complex and essential needs of IB Heads of Schools.


You can read more about CCL’s work with International Schools:

Please feel free to email Anne Combs at for more details.


About the International Baccalaureate:

ib-world-school-logo-1-colourFounded in 1968 the International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit foundation, which offers four high quality and challenging educational programmes for a worldwide community of schools. For close to 50 years, IB programmes have gained a reputation for their rigour and high academic standards, for preparing students for life in a globalized 21st century, and for helping to develop citizens who will create a better, more peaceful world. Currently, more than 1,3 million IB students attend over 4,500 schools in 147 countries. To learn more, please visit


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