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Leadership for the 21st Century Online Course


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30 years experience

Access knowledge gained through over thirty years experience in education and school leadership.

Flexible for your lifestyle

Access world class training at your own pace, wherever you are and whenever works best for you.

The wisdom of experience handed to you

Maxine Driscoll

Maxine Driscoll

Maxine Driscoll is a dynamic and passionate education professional with over thirty years in education, and fifteen years experience in school leadership as a principal and head of school in both Australia and Asia. In 2017 she founded the Australian International School in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Her experience and knowledge from these years in education is invaluable, which is why Maxine is also an in-demand speaker and trainer. As well as speaking at a number of international conferences, Maxine runs workshops around the world to help grow leaders in an educational context.

She brings this teaching expertise to this online program, making it accessible to you, wherever you are. Maxine is passionate about helping create leaders who are empowered to take schools into the future. Full of wisdom and enthusiasm, Maxine is the mentor every young teacher needs to help them walk confidently into leadership and make the most of their career, and their life.

Flexibility to fit your lifestyle

This online course is delivered in seven modules which contain 20-30 minute video tutorials, follow-up tasks, and an extensive reading list. This format allows you to take control of your own learning thanks to its flexible delivery. You can move at your own pace through the modules in an order that makes sense to you. You have access to the material forever, so you can revisit it at any time. You also have access to Maxine herself to ask questions. Complimentary coaching is available to you as a student of the online course, to personalise the material and help apply it to your own practice.


7 Modules

Our 7 modules include video tutorials and follow-up tasks that you can work through at your own pace.


Reading List

A comprehensive reading list accompanies each module to help you dig deeper into each topic.



Complementary coaching is available to help you apply your learning to your own practice.

There’s a revolution happening in our schools!

Some are making changes to meet the needs of 21st century learners while some remain traditional. Leadership in the 21st century is challenging, risky and exciting!

Learn how to be a new generation 21st century school leader and take success strategies and tools away with you to focus your school on enabling your students to thrive now and in their future.

Modules contain 20 – 30 minute video tutorials jam-packed with leadership research, skills, strategies and tools. Follow-up tasks and an extensive reading list are also included. Have a sneak peek at our Preview Video and review module topics and descriptors.



Don’t put off your future

Schools need 21st Century leaders now. They’re desperate for visionary people who have the skills necessary to keep pace with a world changing so rapidly. There’s never been a better time to step up as a leader, and the sooner you begin to implement the techniques, the sooner you can begin to grow.

Skills for leadership, and for life

The modules covered in this course cover a range of skills and techniques that are game-changers for school leadership, and for life in general.


Module 1 – Adopt a Leadership Mindset

Unlock the five keys to successful leadership for the 21st century. Learn how a growth mindset can improve your Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and your self-management.

Module 2 – Leading From The Heart And Mind

Deepen your understanding of EQ to develop authentic relationships within and beyond your school community. Explore the seven styles of highly effective leaders to unite people in purposeful action aligned with your school’s vision and mission.

Module 3 – The new F word!

There’s a forgotten skill we must master to be successful in the 21st century. Learn what it is and how you can manage it to ensure continual self-improvement and school improvement.

Module 4 – The Bottom Line

Discover the bottom line in schools, and how to be savvy about the ‘Triple Bottom Line’ at your school. Learn eight strategies to help you become a successful 21st Century school leader.

Module 5 – Creating Awesome Teams

This module is jam-packed with practical leadership tools and strategies for building strong and effective teams. Unpack the three priorities of leadership, explore six strategies that create awesome teams, find out the four success factors to develop Professional Learning Communities, and uncover the top four global leadership behaviours.

Module 6 – Be an Innovator

Learn how to create a culture of innovation. Understand the five disruptions that are reshaping learning. Boost your creativity with blue sky thinking, and use accelerated change to embrace creativity, innovation and change at your school.

Module 7 – Now What?

Learn how to create a simple action plan to propel you forward on your path to becoming an effective 21st Century school leader.