Frequently Asked Questions
Q1How can I benefit from using the
Leadership Profiles? (Expand/collapse)
The Leadership Profiles are designed to help school leaders understand their leadership practice in
relation to their career stage, capability and context, and to assist with planning the next stage of
The Leadership Profiles can be used by current and aspiring principals to:
• reflect on leadership practice
• identify professional learning needs
• plan professional growth.
Systems can also:
• select and recruit school leaders
• assist with talent development and succession planning
• support performance and development.
Check your own system/sector for advice regarding their use of the Standard and Profiles and visit Using the
Profiles to read how school leaders from different contexts use the Leadership Profiles to support their
Q2What are the Interactive
Leadership Profiles? (Expand/collapse)
The Leadership Profiles are a set of eighty statements, validated by the profession, that describe the
leadership actions of school leaders in increasing proficiency.
The Interactive Leadership Profiles allow this set of statements to be viewed through three leadership
lenses - the Professional Practices lens (from the Standard's five Professional Practices), the Leadership
Requirements lens (from the Standard's three Leadership Requirements) and a third lens, the Leadership Emphasis
lens, which focuses on broader leadership contexts within which principals work.
You can use this tool to:
• select a core focus from one lens to view its Profile
• apply an additional focus to refine the aspect of leadership you are exploring
• view and save recommended resources and tools that can support your professional growth in targeted
• download, print and save the Leadership Profiles as viewed through your preferred lenses
Start exploring the Interactive
You can read more about the leadership lenses by visiting What are the Profiles?
Q3Why select a core focus with an
additional focus in the Interactive Leadership Profiles?(Expand/collapse)
Applying an additional focus to a core focus in the Interactive Leadership Profiles will organise the
statements so that those common to both selected lenses are shown. By doing this, a more targeted developmental
pathway can be viewed and the most relevant opportunities for your professional growth can be identified.
Visit Using the Profiles to
read how school leaders apply an additional focus to core focuses based on their contexts.
Q4What is MyFolder and how does it
support the Interactive Leadership Profiles? (Expand/collapse)
The My Folder feature allows you to save the recommended resources and tools linked to leadership actions in
the Interactive Leadership Profiles. This can assist you to collate resources relating to professional growth
areas you have identified.
To store favourites permanently for future access from any device, simply register and login to the AITSL
website. If you are not logged in, you can still tag resources as favourites, but your selections will be lost
when you close the web browser.
Visit MyFolder for more
Q5What is the Leadership Profiles
Summary Table? (Expand/collapse)
The Summary Table is a two-dimensional grid that organises the leadership statements by
the five Professional Practices of the Standard. The grid shows a developmental pathway for each Professional
Practice in increasing proficiency, moving across the page from left to right.
Q6How are the Leadership Profiles
connected to the Australian Professional Standard for Principals?(Expand/collapse)
The current version of the
Australian Professional Standard for Principals document was re-issued in December 2014 to include the
Leadership Profiles. There has been no change to the Standard but the current document includes a number of
additional sections including the Leadership Profiles.
The Leadership Profiles build upon the Standard by further describing the principal role, enabling the
Leadership Requirements and Professional Practices to be seen in greater detail and at increasing levels of
proficiency. They recognise the important factors of career stage, capability and context, and the influence
these factors have on leadership actions.
Q7Are the Leadership Profiles only
The Leadership Profiles are designed for use by all school leaders as they develop their school leadership
capabilities. This includes principals, deputy and assistant principals and aspiring principals. Whilst the
Leadership Profiles describe the full breadth of the principal role, other school leaders can use them to
consider their leadership development based on their current role. The Leadership Profiles assist aspiring
principals to understand the breadth of the principal role and how to shape professional learning to
incorporate all aspects.
School leaders with teaching responsibilities would use the Teacher Standards as well as the Principal
Standard to guide them in developing the skills and capabilities required for each role.
Q8Who developed the Leadership
The Profiles were developed by AITSL through an intensive and collaborative process involving national and
international research, extensive drafting and development, and critical review and feedback from over 2000 key
School leaders from across Australia provided critical input into the development and refinement of the
Profiles. Additionally the following representative groups were consulted in the development of the Profiles:
• Government departments of education
• Catholic education offices
• Independent schools associations
• Primary and secondary principal associations from each system and sector
National and international researchers and education experts guided, tested and assisted in shaping the
Profiles. The development process is outlined in the Leadership Profiles