"Great leaders don't create successful organizations themselves . . . it is how leaders use their skills to leverage the talents of others that can make or break an organization."

Donna Orem, NAIS President

The Challenge before Us

Heads of school work under a constant spotlight, but experience and research indicate that a school’s success actually depends on its whole leadership team.  We recognize that few objectives are accomplished by only one person or department, and that all leaders are expected to build and maintain relationships.  What can be done to better understand the different personalities on a leadership team and to improve the team’s collaborative performance?  Our Leadership Team Workshop can help.

For more details, see our prospectus.

Insighting Improvement

We guide Leadership Teams to improve overall performance by recognizing specific themes and opportunities. Building on insights about their own personalities gained from the Hogan Assessment, team members identify team roles, team derailers, and team culture. Finally, we help the Leadership Team create a development plan for ongoing improvement efforts.

Deliberate Development

I.   Planning: after a preliminary meeting, the Head and Leadership Team take the Hogan Assessment.
II.  Engagement:

a)  We review the reports individually.
b)  The team participates in a one-day (six-hour) workshop.
c)  We follow up with the Team to check on progress.

III. Documentation: we deliver a written summary of the Assessment with themes, goals, and action steps created in the Development Plan and supporting tools to track improvment.  Individual development options shared at the workshop will be included for ongoing support.


Rod Chamberlain

Rod, who has served in leadership positions in independent schools in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Hawai'i, and North Carolina, provides coaching services for Southern Teachers’ member schools. He brings three essential components to this coaching:

•  proven independent school leadership,

•  International Coaching Federation training (the largest coaching certification organization in the world), and

•  Hogan Assessment certification. Rod partners with independent school leaders to improve their results.

Our Search and Consulting Staff

  • Tim Green was thorough and thoughtful in his Athletics Assessment of our program at the University of Chicago Lab School, speaking to numerous people, poring over data, and evaluating our programs and facilities. He helped us identify and articulate key priorities over the short and long term. A great pleasure to work with, and the assessment was highly worthwhile. Thank you!

    Tori JuedsChicago, IL

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  • Southern Teachers has been a great long-term partner in our hiring. Taking the time and making the effort to know our school and its culture has built a relationship that has allowed you to send us better candidates.

    DuBose EglestonCharleston, SC

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  • At each juncture in my career, I have reconnected with Southern Teachers. They are unique among teacher agencies in that they commit time and resources to knowing candidates and building partnerships with them.

    Marie Reed Charlottesville, VA

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  • Southern Teachers is one of the easiest placement organizations I have worked with. Your staff is accessible, supportive, and sustains a high level of engagement. Your website is easy to navigate and the video introductions of candidates are a real plus.

    Garhett WagersHouston, TX

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