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Leadership Framework

The CSO Leadership Framework captures the characteristics and behaviours of effective leadership articulated through six leadership capabilities (Chart 1) that staff at all levels can practise and develop.


Leadership capabilities are sets of key behaviours and attributes that support the strategic direction of the Catholic Schools Office by building capability and a strong leadership culture.

The CSO Leadership Framework describes six Leadership Capabilities that provide a common language and focus for all teaching and support staff to model good leadership practice and to develop their own and others’ leadership capability. The framework is not exhaustive and does not seek to list every capability required within the system. Many roles will have specialised skill sets unique to their role, and these should be considered alongside the Leadership Framework. For teaching staff, the framework is designed to be used in conjunction with the relevant Australian Professional Standard for Teachers and the Australian Professional Standard for Principals.

CSO Leadership Capabilities

Chart 1 - Leadership Capabilities