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Emerge as the leader you are! 2024018F

May 31, 2024 - Dec 31, 2024

$2,590 Enrol

Full course description

Looking to register more than one person? Contact us at isLearn to arrange a group discount for your school.

Date and time

Day 1: Friday 31 May 2024, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm

Day 2: Thursday 25 July 2024, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm

Day 3: Wednesday 14 August 2024, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm

Delivery mode

In person at ISV, 40 Rosslyn St, West Melbourne


Middle leaders and those taking on middle leadership roles.


If you are a middle leader in a school or even thinking about becoming one, this three-day bespoke leadership development program is for you.

Designed by prominent and highly respected author, Gavin Grift, participants will get the opportunity to chart their own leadership course through a deliberate focus on where and how they direct their thinking. They will be provided with many opportunities to view their leadership in fresh and insightful ways enabling a path forward full of promise and opportunity.

Based on Gavin Grift’s new book ‘Emerge’, participants will apply the self-knowledge gained from the program to move them closer to their own mission for leading. Participants will learn more about their ingrained dispositions, motivations, and physiological responses to help them grow their emotional intelligence when leading others. They will have potential blind spots illuminated and be encouraged to do something valuable with those as they come to view both problems and people as their greatest opportunity for growth. Specifically, the following lines of inquiry will be explored:

  • How might elevating our self-awareness assist us to lead with more clarity, purpose and poise?
  • What has research taught us about self-awareness in the last twenty years and why should it matter to a leader?
  • What might be some of the mental barriers associated with our leadership and how can they be overcome?
  • What role does self-awareness play in shaping our identity as leaders and the subsequent influence, fulfillment, and impact we have?
  • What practical approaches might I use to grow as a leader of both people and process?

This three-day action learning program is designed to support participants in applying their understandings in real and meaningful ways leading to greater fulfilment, impact and influence in their role.

All participants will become certified Grift Education Phase 1 Emerge Leaders (based on Gavin Grift’s published work, Emerge).

“Gavin Grift has once again sprinkled his magic on the page to create Emerge, a must read for middle leaders and those who mentor and support them. A self-described ‘conduit’ between the middle leader and the experience of thousands of leaders, Grift generously invites the middle leader into a journey of self-awareness, readily sharing wise insights to enable leadership growth. The use of personal experience, an invitation to reflect and quality questions in the Emerge exercises at the end of each chapter (Grift is the consummate coach, after all) provide the middle leader with a well-structured learning guide to build capability, tackle common challenges and overcome the traits that can sometimes block the leader’s confidence. Almost as good as participating in a Grift workshop!”

- Sue Kennedy‑Branford (Assistant Director – People, Leadership and Culture, Catholic Education South Australia)

Key takeaways               

  • knowledge of how to develop your capacity to influence and navigate
  • strengthened connectedness to colleagues grappling with similar complex challenges
  • a bolstered motivation to lead
  • practical approaches to lead with humility, self-assurance, and purpose
  • understanding of the most common challenges associated with leadership and how we can overcome them including (but not limited to)
    • self-limiting beliefs
    • the need to be liked
    • overwhelm from constant change
    • a lack of time
    • working with difficult people.

Presenter information

Gavin Grift        

Gavin Grift is a widely respected international educator and the founder of Grift Education, an organisation that helps educators lead satisfying and accomplished professional lives. Widely considered one of Australia’s top authors this enigmatic leader’s clients include independent, faith based and government education systems, high level executives, influential corporate brands and cutting edge international schools.

Organisations that have engaged Gavin Grift to raise their awareness and the subsequent impact of their collective and individual efforts include ISV, United World College South East Asia, Catholic Education South Australia, State Education Departments, Learning Network New Zealand, International School of Phnom Penh, L’Oréal, Beyond Blue and an array of CEOs, Principals and Middle leaders. He is also one of the most in demand keynote speakers and workshop presenters.

The author’s best selling books such as Collaborative Teams that Work, Five Ways of Being, Teachers as Architects and Transformative Collaboration have been empowering readers across the globe, making him one of the most accessible and powerful writers around today. Gavin’s newest publications include Emerge (2023) and Mastering Meetings that Matter (2023).