Leading Effective Teams

Workshop Introduction

The use of An ASCD Study Guide for Leading Effective Meetings, Teams, and Work Groups in Districts and Schools has inspired this two-day workshop. Team leaders will assess the current state of their teams and through facilitated discussions identify the optimal state that their teams operate within and how to keep their teams in that optimal state.

Participants will identify roles their teams require, how to professionally develop team members to assume those roles and the communication strategies essential to aligning team members with the team’s mission. This workshop will include a team roles assessment, communication activities and role-plays of common scenarios that managers must mitigate to ensure optimal performance from their team.


“Effective Meetings + how to deal with the 5 difficult personalities were really great.”

“It was a great workshop. Very worthwhile, and I’m sure a good learning experience for all participants. I, for one, got a lot out of it professionally.”

Workshop Objectives

  • Understand the expectations and role of a team leader;
  • Implement protocols for managing effective meetings;
  • Manage difficult team members;
  • Identify essential roles for your team and how to develop their skills; and
  • Lead your team through Tuckman’s 4 stages.

Workshop Agenda

Workshops will commence at 8:30am and aim to finish by 4:30pm. There will be two 15-minute breaks each day and a 45-minute lunch break. The workshop modules will be:

Day 1: Morning
Understanding Your Role as a Team Leader:

  • Implicit Leadership Beliefs
  • Interpersonal Skills
Day 1: Afternoon
Key Communication Skills:

  • Assertive Communication
  • 5 Difficult Team Members
Day 2: Morning
Empowering your Team:

  • Belbin’s Team Roles
  • Form > Storm > Norm > Perform
Day 2: Afternoon
Meeting Management:

  • Essential Agreements
  • Simulation and Debrief

Target Audience

Team Leaders, Department Heads and School Administrators that manage Non Academic Staff.

Facilitation Fee

ACAMIS members receive a 10% discount. A 20% discount will be applied if more than one day of facilitation is contracted.

Workshop Language

This workshop is available for facilitation in English. All written materials will be in English to support the schools working language environment.

Workshop Capacity

Limited to 30 participants (Exceptions can be made to include more)

Workshop Facilitator

PDACADEMIA, a Hong Kong-based international consultancy, will facilitate this workshop. PDACADEMIA helps Educational Institutions align professional development programs with their strategic mission and to overcome organizational challenges. They have developed the topics for this workshop through consultation with ACAMIS school leaders.

Michael Iannini (English)

Michael was a research assistant at the Arizona State University Child Development Laboratory, where he studied mixed age playgroups and conducted studies of how children retain and recall information. Before moving to China in 1999, Michael consulted with the Children’s Action Alliance and the Arizona State Government on how to best serve children with special learning requirements.

Since moving to China, Michael has worked with a number of International and Chinese Bilingual schools to develop curriculum, train teachers and consult school management on staff management and parent engagement strategies.

Michael’s training credits are a result of his recruiting and training the teams in each organization he has served in as well as his passion for education and continual learning. Michael infuses a variety of experience into every course to ensure participants can immediately apply the concepts introduced to them.