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TCDSB Leadership Development and Succession Planning


Inspiring and Motivating Employees


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The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) is committed to ensuring ongoing leadership development grounded in the Catholic Leadership Framework for superintendents, principals, vice-principals, business management staff, and aspiring leaders.

The TCDSB will ensure effective succession planning strategies are in place for recruiting, selecting, cultivating, empowering, and retaining leaders.

Leadership Succession and Talent Development


Strong leadership is a cornerstone of the success of the education system in Ontario. Succession planning and talent development is about encouraging everyone in the system to see themselves as part of the leadership strategy. This strategy focuses on attracting and developing passionate and skilled leaders who can effectively support student achievement and well-being.
Ontario Leadership Strategy: Leadership Succession Planning and Talent Development Ministry Expectations and Implementation Continuum Ontario Ministry of Education, November 2009, Version 1.1

Succession Planning


The best succession planning practices are proactive … Talented individuals are identified early and nurtured throughout their careers through professional development that is integrated into human resource management.
The Learning Partnership, Succession Planning for Ontario Schools and School Boards: A Study Commissioned by the Institute for Education Leadership, p. 11

Talent Development


Talent development throughout the system encourages staff to build leadership skills in their current role, and supports their preparation should they wish to consider other leadership positions.
Ontario Leadership Strategy: Leadership Succession Planning and Talent Development Ministry Expectations and Implementation Continuum Ontario Ministry of Education, November 2009, Version 1.1

Characteristics and Qualities of a Catholic Leader


The information flowchart below regarding the characteristics and qualities of a Catholic leader was created collaboratively by TCDSB leaders during a Leadership Strategy event.

A Flowchart with one oval in the middle that says Characteristics and Qualities of a Catholic Leader, and from it branches out 8 separate ovals all around it that say the following: High emotional intelligence, Flexible, Strong decision-maker and problem-solver, Visionary, Evokes trust, Excellent communicator, Demonstrates gospel values and Good interpersonal skills