Inspiring and Motivating Others- Leadership

What is your Why and How Might you Achieve Leadership? How do you inspire and motivate?

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1 class per week, for 1 week

Single Class Course

60 minutes

Class Duration

1-20 students

Class Size


Per Student

This course will help you find your ‘driver’ and consider your ‘Why’ for pursuing a leadership role. It has been noted that in the next 10 years there will be a deficit of school leadership and organisational leadership; too often people who would make great ones are hesitant to step up. To start this session following the Learning Cycle we will have introductions and learn more about what people wish to learn more about in relation to leadership. In the next segment Mara, the teacher, will share with the cohort Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle premise and together we will work on your leadership ‘Why.’ In the final segment we will identify what short and longer-term steps individuals can take to practice taking lead and having the confidence to be a leader. The class will be very interactive and afterwards, learners will receive the slide deck with key links to explore further. This course will benefit anyone interested in pursuing leadership and for people who are new to leadership roles. Practising leaders may also be interested as well to expand their knowledge and their toolkit. This session would be a great professional development opportunity for anyone wishing to motivate others along with those thinking about developing their management skills. Mara is flexible and would be happy to schedule additional sessions as a follow-up and/or for a team or group. Just contact her. Note that this session is priced at an introductory rate (price of coffee and a biscuit) with the hopes for people to engage. Mara's focus with this course is to help people build a strong foundation in what they do and subsequent sessions can be scheduled.
When preparing for this course begin to think about how you define leadership and who you might consider as a model leader. We will dive in to unpacking the qualities of a leader and it would help if you begin to consider what are your 'super' powers or qualities that you think could be leveraged to take on such a role. Please come prepared with minimal distractions unless there is an emergency.
Teacher Expertise Mara has over 25 years of experience in education and 20 years in leadership roles. Academically she holds a PhD in Urban Leadership, Masters in Education and a BA in Politics. Professionally she has lead teams of school leaders along with leading her own schools for over 15 years. Most recently she lead a teacher training programme in the UK and now is working with other non-profits with writing their school leader training modules. Her focus is on how to engage the unengaged and collaborate across groups while sustaining focus on the goal.

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Mara Simmons, PhD

A Tinker in Education that Promotes Joy and Curiosity
14 teacher reviews total

About Me

Teaching is my life, my parents would say. In my young adult life I took great joy at creating explanations for things and sharing new knowledge with others. As I matured I learned that much of teaching is learning, listening and understanding others' perspectives and experiences and the combination of learning with my love for sharing knowledge helps define my approach in any course I teach.

I have been privileged with having a long and varied teaching career that includes teaching math, science, history, leadership and English to young students in Los Angeles for nearly 10 years in mostly low income, culturally diverse communities. In addition, I have served as a school head, director and school founder for 12 years and most recently was a program manager for teacher training in the UK where I shaped what teacher training can look like for the post 16 sector.

Choosing to teach online is a new venture for me and an opportunity for me to grow. I appreciate the in-person sessions and look forward to cultivating discussion and learner engagement. Also, I believe education should be about choice, and I love that here you choose what you want to study.

The subjects I will teach will be relevant to those wishing to improve their professional skills, whether it be working with others, ways of writing, or how to increase colleague engagement and enthusiasm. In addition, I hope to bring in some courses specifically for teachers and presenters around how to prepare lessons and how to increase student engagement and joy for learning. Lastly, I am interested in teaching about how to cope with remote learning and working as I have observed and at times struggled with these issues in the past and have found some useful strategies that have worked.

In my classes you will never be quiet for an entire session, nor have to listen to me lecturing - I am a believer in collaboration, discussion and facilitated learning. Problem-based, project-based learning is my approach in a school setting; here online we will have a version of it. At the end of each session, we will re-cap to make sure that you have left with a nugget of learning or provocation to go further along with some extra tools to be that value add.

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