Middle Leadership

Emerge as the leader you are!

This program, based on Gavin Grift’s new book Emerge (currently in print), will encourage participants to apply the self-knowledge gained from the day 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.


What past participants are saying

Program Information

A school’s capacity to improve rests on the shoulders of effective middle leaders whose roles extend well beyond the classroom.

In this program, one of Australia’s most respected education experts, Gavin Grift, leads middle leaders through a process of self-discovery as they grapple with the demands of teaching and leading within schools. Participants will learn how to embrace the past, and utilise the present to carve out a leadership path that takes them closer to their leadership mission.

Program Options


  • Overcoming the challenges of middle leadership
  • Self-awareness: The key to leading successfully from the middle

One or Two Day Masterclass

  • Leadership is personal 
  • Defining the self-aware middle leader 
  • People and problems as enablers 
  • The right pair of shoes 
  • The pleaser – overcoming the need to be liked
  • The ostrich – overcoming the overwhelm of constant change 
  • The imposter – overcoming self-limiting beliefs
  • The dynamo – overcoming constraints on our time
  • The judge and juror – overcoming difficult people at work

What You'll Learn

Enlarge Perspective Taking

The assumption here is that through learning how to see ourselves in connection to others and seek perspectives from those around us we increase our empathy and improve our relationships.

Improve Self-regulation

We are more likely to respond to social norms in acceptable ways, avoiding reactions that harm the social fabric leading of those we work with.

Expand Creative Achievement

The creative process is littered with opportunities for self-awareness and when capitalised upon improves the output through the using the insights to adjust, refine and improve.

Increase Your Self-regard

At their efficacious best, self-aware individuals can recognise the part they have played in a successful venture fuelling their self-regard and confidence.

Change Your Habits

Genuine change in habits requires heightened levels of self-awareness and when utilised can literally transform lives.

Improve Your Relationships

Self-aware leaders enjoy better quality relationships with their colleagues through a deep understanding of how their thoughts, emotions and deeds impact themselves and others.

Program Facilitators

Gavin Grift

Gavin Grift is the founder and CEO of Grift Education. His passion, commitment, humour and highly engaging style have made him one of Australia’s most in-demand presenters. Through his keynotes, seminars, and coaching services, Gavin connects with national and international audiences on how to cultivate authentic collaboration, build success in others and genuinely commit to reflective practice. He has led the development of PLC networks across Australia, culminating in the establishment of the Centre for Professional Learning Communities.

Gavin strongly believes that all students should have the same chances of success, but this is often dependent on the teacher they get. His mission is to help reduce ‘teacher lottery’ by developing teachers and leaders through transformational programs that focus on coaching, collaboration and teaching practice.

He’s also a best-selling author, with nine educational books under his belt, including Teachers As Architects of Learning, Five Ways of Being and Collaborative Teams That Work.