|dc.description.abstract||This action research inquiry, undertaken in partnership with the Independent Schools Association
of British Columbia (ISABC), was guided by the question: How might the ISABC’s Team
Leadership Program support the leadership development and thriving of emerging and middle
leaders throughout and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic? Data were collected with a survey and
two focus groups involving 52 participants from 16 independent schools. Arts-based approaches
included photo elicitation and found poetry. Key findings indicated the pandemic has magnified
the human side of educational leadership and thriving as being a middle leader requires
communication, relationship building, and the prioritization of followers’ needs.
Recommendations addressed strategies to (a) develop self-awareness, coaching, and
interpersonal skills amongst emerging leaders; (b) capitalize on existing leadership networks to
foster a stronger sense of belonging within the ISABC; and (c) offer leadership-focused
professional development and resources accessible to the broader ISABC community.
Keywords: arts-based research, found poetry, K–12, independent schools, leadership
development, middle leaders, photo elicitation, thriving at work||en_US