Elan Coaching System – Education Leadership

Élan Coaching System - Education Leadership Coaching - Educators, Teachers, Administrative Staff

The Challenges School Leaders Face Today

The times have changed, and teaching is changing. There was a time when you, as a school leader, could direct and control the actions of teachers. Today is very different and the skills sets and competencies necessary to be an effective leader in schools has changed.

In this constantly changing environment, with continuously changing demands, school leaders have more work to do and less with which to do it. The pace is hectic and teachers and teams feel stretched. Everyone is handling more work in less time.

What made you a successful leader in the past may not necessarily give you the success you desire in the future. And the future is rushing towards as like a freight train without brakes.

Old leadership styles of the past no longer seem to work with this new generation. Further, a complex highly diversified staff requires a high level of emotional-social intelligence as well as advanced communication skills.

In the diagram below you will notice the distinction between the traditional leadership model and the model necessary for leadership success today.  In the traditional environment of the past, leaders could easily ‘demand and command’. It was the traditional environment that gave us the phrase, ”my way or the highway”.


However, leaders today must learn to lead by developing a high performance team. High performance cannot be mandated. High performance happens when teams are inspired to do their best and give their best.

These are the skills school leaders must master today in order to engage people in the process with them. Leaders must learn to lead from the front, the side, and the back. When necessary, they must even discover how to collaborate with the team to achieve their mutual outcomes for the good of the department and the school.

Benefits of Education Leadership Coaching

Élan Coaching System for school leaders provides a systematic framework for meeting the pressing demands that leaders face. It is aimed at helping leaders solve even the most challenging problems they encounter in their schools. Together, the leader and the Élan coach will develop a flexible personalized program that addresses the specific needs and goals of the participant.

Education Leaders Tell Us…

School leaders tell us that they have gained solutions to some of their most difficult school challenges. Leaders shared with us after being coached by an ECS coach that they…

  • “Improved time management skills”
  • "Get more done in less time"
  • “Developed more effective people skills”
  • “Helped teachers grow to higher professional levels”
  • “Developed better emotional intelligence skills”
  • “Engage more easily in difficult conversations with team members”
  • “Developed better coaching skills”
  • "Set and achieved primary goals"
  • “Enhanced team members' leadership potential”
  • “Using the ECS stress reduction system and feeling more resilient every day”
  • “Built stronger relationships with team members”
  • "Improved project follow-up and follow-through"
  • "Helped team develop a departmental vision"
  • “Increased loyalty in the staff”
  • “Developed high performance team”
  • “Now generate more creative solutions to problems”
  • “Learned to lead by example”
  • “Improved project planning skills”
  • “Better communication skills”
  • “Aligned team members and teachers to accomplish core objectives”


Tools and Strategies To Meet School Leader's Needs

The Élan Coaching System for education leaders includes a broad menu of tools to support leaders in advancing in their leadership role. Some of these are listed below. However, these are used in a variety of ways and delivered only according to each individual’s purpose, goals and progress during the coaching process. 

  • Current state assessment
  • Professional Mapping
  • Professional assessments and Inventories
  • Team assessments
  • Emotional and social skills coaching
  • Stretching your Comfort Zone
  • The scaffolding model
  • Clarification of goals and objectives
  • Help develop a ‘do it now’ mentality
  • Stop managing and start leading
  • Facilitate a shift in perspective when necessary
  • Learn to inspire people to aspire to higher performance
  • Help identify resources for growth (Books, video and audio materials)
  • Collaborate on a coaching plan with timelines and key objectives
  • How to run a great team meeting
  • Time management assessments and tools
  • Team alignment methods
  • Project prioritization and outcomes
  • Develop and follow-through on action plans
  • Stress release techniques
  • Project, visioning and goal planning tools
  • Action accountability
  • Results inquiry and coaching throughout the process

And more…


Lisa Canty, Teaching & Learning Leader

Lisa Canty - Élan Coaching System TestimonialBeing mentored by Trinidad on a regular basis through video conferencing is personalised, collaborative and confidential.  This process supports and enables me to explore multiple perspectives and take authentic action in developing positive relationships with the team.

- Lisa Canty
Teaching and Learning Leader
Our Holy Redeemer School


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