Leadership Proximity: Creating the Context for Leadership Success in the School Year to Come

Virtual | Aug 1+2 | 9:00-11:30am | Designed for: Heads, Administrators, Department Heads

A leader cannot be and should not be Atlas—the weight of the world is not his/her/their job to bear alone. However, it IS the leader’s responsibility to create the leadership context that will sustain the school’s vision and support the weight of executing on it. To do so, the leader makes reasoned and humane decisions about where to be in relation to the living systems of the institution. This workshop introduces a visual tool for senior leaders and teams to help reflect on and plan where to be in order to best support progress in their schools and growth in their faculty and administrative teams. In addition, participants will take time to reflect on their own practice and set goals to strengthen it in the school year to come. This program is an excellent choice for individuals looking to strengthen their leadership, and it can be an excellent way to create a shared leadership vocabulary and approach within teams.

Key Questions Covered:

  • How can using Leadership Proximity as a way of approaching leadership challenges and opportunities improve my practice?
  • What is my preferred Leadership Proximity approach?
  • In what ways is my proximity governed by a situation or events?
  • What commitments must I make to support my colleagues and community in the changing schools landscape of 2023?
  • How to use Leadership Proximity as a central reflection tool.


  • This is a LIVE virtual workshop
  • Aug 1+2 from 9:00-11:30am EST.

SIGN UP NOW: Aug 1-2 

Your facilitator:

Ross Peters is the Managing Partner of EXPLO Elevate, leading our consulting team after making significant contributions at the independent schools he has served. Beginning his career with eight years at Providence Day School as a middle and upper school English teacher, he served in significant leadership roles at Asheville School (Assistant Head), Hawken School (Upper School Director), The Westminster Schools (Upper School Head), and St. George’s Independent School (Head of School). The common denominator of these various roles has been his dedication to thoughtful advancement in the practice of teachers and schools. He has been a part of, and indeed led, substantial and successful institutional change processes impacting student learning wherever he has served.

He serves or has served on the Boards of the National Association of Independent Schools, the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools, and Bridges USA. He and his wife Katie also served as members of the Family Partners Council at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital.

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