Developing A Strengths-Based Approach to Leadership

Focus Area: Principalship


Pathway: Understanding

Available July 1, 2022


School leaders are expected to take on the role of principal fully equipped and aware of the ways to navigate and facilitate high levels of teaching and learning for all. Depending on the varied experiences and levels of training, a broad spectrum of proficiency may exist. Working with principals to understand their strengths is the impetus for fostering an organizational culture of continuous improvement. BetterLesson Coaches will use the Community of Practice (COP) principles to lead principals in discovering and understanding character strength as the single greatest lever in enhancing  leadership.


This learning experience is designed for early (1-3 years) and aspiring principals aiming to strengthen their leadership practice. 


  • Virtual Group Coaching
  • 2-hour monthly Community of Practice (COP) group session followed by 1:1 coaching sessions
  • Up to 15 participants per cohort
  • Principal cohorts based on district selection
  • Participants will need a camera, microphone, and a Zoom-enabled device


I can consistently use strengths-based leadership in my practice and evaluate its effectiveness through ongoing reflection and refinement.

Learning Experience

During the Community of Practice, participants will…


  • Identify and reflect upon their Signature Strengths
  • Share ways those strengths relate to current practice


  • Examine ways a strengths-based approach can enhance leadership
  • Evaluate and discuss specific strategies aligned to their top 1-2 Signature Strengths


  • Specify and plan for ways to continue using strengths as the basis for practice
  • Plan to share implementation reflections in the Community Discussion Board as a follow-up to the Community of Practice