Leading Effective Teams for New and Aspiring Team Leaders
Beijing World Youth Academy
Friday & Saturday, May 10-11, 2024
This is a Certificate Program 
18 Hours of Professional Development will be Awarded.

This course will instruct participants how to foster greater interdependency among team members by helping them understand how to manage the different beliefs, behaviours and priorities that exist in their team. Teacher lead teams that communicate effectively and work interdependently improve student learning!


Workshop Overview

Workshop time:  9:00 am to 5:00 pm China time on both days, with tea and coffee service starting at 8:30 am China time.

Essential Question – What do I need to know and be able to do to lead a team that is working interdependently to achieve a shared purpose?

Over-Arching Goal – By the end of the workshop, participants will understand and have confidence to facilitate team meetings, identify team goals, as well as to develop and foster strong relationships with and amongst team members.

Workshop Outcomes:

 During this learning experience you will learn and practice how to excel in the following aspects:

  • Understand and appreciate different leadership expectations.
  • Practice effective communication skills.
  • Gain awareness of self and others and how to manage the disparity.
  • Learn how to facilitate effective meetings, ensure equity and foster interdependence.
  • Understand your role during different stages of team development.
  • Learn strategies to ensure your team works interdependently to achieve its goal.
  • Learn to give feedback relative to the team goal.

The speaker will facilitate the workshop, meaning learning will be activated and reinforced through discussion and team planning, so participants must come prepared to talk about their teams and experience.


Workshop Preparation

The facilitator will survey each participant to understand their expectations, assess their familiarity with the proposed content and identify case material for activities.

Every participant will be given Michael Iannini’s online self-guided book study: Hidden in Plain Sight: Realizing the Full Potential of Middle Leaders, from which they will be assigned at least 2 chapters of reading assignments for each module.

DiSC Workplace Behavioral Survey – Participants will complete the DiSC Behavior Survey prior to the workshop. Participants’ customized Behavioral Profile reports will be reviewed in the workshop and used throughout the workshop as a tool for developing greater awareness about self and other.

The DISC model groups four common behavioural patterns found universally in all people on earth. This simple four quadrant model is used to articulate the common ways that all human beings tend to act and communicate.

DiSC Outcomes:

  • DiSC provides a common language to help teams understand one another and work better together
  • Develop awareness of self and other to improve communication
  • Identify and hone key facilitation skills
  • Improve confidence and influencing skills
  • Reduce conflict and avoid misunderstandings
  • Demonstrate capacity to devise and deliver a compelling value proposition

Program Agenda

This program is divided into four modules, two modules will be covered on each day:

Speaker's Biography


Michael Iannini




Early Years Curriculum Coordinator, PD Coordinator, Leadership Facilitator, and Author

Michael Iannini is ACAMIS's Leadership Development Facilitator, a Search Associates Partner supporting it’s members in China to improve Recruitment, Induction and Retention of Foreign Teachers, and an affiliated Council of International School’s (CIS) consultant with the following areas of expertise:

  • Appraisal and Professional Development 
  • Leadership Training
  • School Governance
  • Strategic Planning

His journey in education began 26 years ago as a research assistant at Arizona State University’s Child Development Laboratory, where he was an early years educator and researcher. Since moving to China in 1999, originally as an Early Years Teacher, Michael has advised and trained the Boards and Leadership of hundreds of International Schools across Asia. His work has helped small and large schools facilitate real strategic planning, develop leadership across the school, implement best practices for human resource management, and design staff capacity-building programs for both academic and non-academic staff.

Michael's first book, Hidden in Plain Site: Realizing the Full Potential of Middle Leaders, is the foundation for all his leadership development work. Since writing this book he launched www.middleleader.com where he is regularly posting articles on school leadership and interviews with school leadership influencers.

Michael's exhaustive efforts to understand the needs and context that schools operate in have helped nurture a long and mutually beneficial relationship with ACAMIS’s network of schools. His work in China is also why Search Associates recently contracted Michael to support it's member schools in China to improve HR practices, focused on the Retention, Recruitment, and Induction of Foreign Teachers.

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Host School

Beijing World Youth Academy (北京世青国际学校)

Address: Beiyuan Bahao, Laiguangying West road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China, 100012

地址: 北京市 朝阳区 来广营西路北苑八号 100012

Phone Number: (+86 10) 6470 6336

Website: www.ibwya.net

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Recommended Hotels & Bus Arrangement

Hampton by Hilton Beijing Wangjing (北京望京希尔顿欢朋酒店)

Website: www.hilton.com/en/hotels/pekwahx-hampton-beijing-wangjing

Address: Jia 6 Huguang Middle Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing

地址: 北京市朝阳区湖光中路甲6号

Phone Number (Ms. Zhao): +86 15010900229

Holiday Inn Express (Beijing Wangjing Huacai 北京望京华彩智选假日酒店)

Website: www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/beijing/pegwj/hoteldetail

Address: No.16 North Guangshun Street, Beijing

地址: 北京朝阳区,望京广顺北大街16号

Phone number: +86 10 59225888


Bus Arrangement for May 10 & 11

A bus will depart from Hampton Inn at 08:15 and then depart from Holiday Inn Express at 08:25 on both days of the workshop. The bus will return to both hotels at 17:15 on Friday May 10 and will return to both hotels at 16:30 on Saturday May 11.