The Responsive Leadership Series, Part 3: Building Capacity for School Transformation | Joshua Freedman | 11 Min Read

CSI: Capacity Before Strategy & Implementation

The previous two articles (Part 1 & Part 2) in this series have highlighted the deficiencies in the current governance models in failing to incorporate capacity, the key element in determining what is achievable for schools. The result has been a landscape of failed strategic plans and tactical approaches. ​​

Would you teach high school physics to kids who never learned algebra? Sure, great teachers could do it… but over and over you’d say, “we’ll have to go back and teach them this skill before we can move on…” In other words, there are building blocks missing; if the kids had the prerequisites, they’d have more capacity to learn physics (and even MORE if they’d done calculus).

Similarly, school leaders are attempting to implement strategic change without sufficient capacity-building. Sanje Ratnavale’s recent articles have challenged schools to re-envision governance because the old models are not working well. Before schools can reinvent themselves, they need to invest in building the underlying prerequisites for change.

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Joshua Freedman

Joshua Freedman, CEO, Six Seconds, is one of the pioneers in the field of emotional intelligence; he cofounded Six Seconds in 1997, is the bestselling author of At the Heart of Leadership and five other books and six validated psychometric assessments on EQ, and contributor to many EQ programs including Coaching Equity Essentials. He’s also an instructor at Columbia Teachers College SPA administrative credential program; he is cocreator of the world’s largest social emotional learning program, POP-UP Festival ­— in partnership with UNICEF World Children’s Day, bringing skills for emotional wellbeing to millions of children & adults in 200+ countries.