Leading Effective Teams for New and Aspiring Team Leaders
Utahloy International School, Guangzhou
Friday & Saturday, May 3-4, 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!


This event is full, please register for the same workshop being hosted in Beijing, May 10-11

Workshop Overview

Workshop time:  8:30 am to 4:30 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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Address: No. 320 Tonghe Road, Baiyun District,Guangzhou, Guangzhou, GD 510515 Mainland China. Directions with Google Map

地址: 320号通河路白云区,广州

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Contact Front-Desk: 86-20-86566888

Bus Arrangement: A bus will depart from Holiday Inn South Lake at 08:00 on both days of the workshop. The bus will return to the hotel at 17:00 on Friday May 3 and will go to Guangzhou East Station at 16:30 on Saturday May 4.

Host School

Utahloy International School Guangzhou (广州誉德莱外籍人员子女学校)


Utahloy International School Guangzhou (UISG) is a Nursery through Year 12 IB World School, offering the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and Diploma Programme (DP). A diverse community of students and staff, UISG has children from 50 different countries and teachers from over 30 countries. Our graduates matriculate to a wide variety of outstanding post-secondary institutions across the globe.
UISG maintains a strong commitment to continuous staff professional development and the regional associations to which it is a member, the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS) and the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS). UISG is authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) and accredited through the Council of International Schools (CIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Mr. Dean Croy

Head of School

Utahloy International School, Guangzhou

800 Sha Tai Bei Road, Bai Yun District, 510515 Guangzhou, PR China


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