Cultivating Self-Leadership: The 8 Cs for Personal Growth and Success


Concept by Susan Gagliano

In today’s educational landscape, schools, teachers, and students are challenged to develop holistic personal skills alongside academic performance. In fact, one of the most relevant factors fostering satisfaction in school and academic results is autonomy.

Self-leadership is a wide concept that refers to how you lead your own life – setting your course, following it, and correcting as you go.

As life and work are often intertwined, it also reflects how you relate to colleagues and students, and your presence in the classroom. For students, it relates to how they think about themselves, and how they cultivate their talents and aspirations.

Would you like to gain direct experience, and practice concrete activities to increase it?

This course will equip participants with the essential tools and techniques to foster self-leadership among themselves and their students by cultivating the 8 Cs of self-leadership in their educational settings.

Participants will engage in a variety of activities designed to deepen their understanding and application of the principles and practices behind calmness, clarity, curiosity, compassion, confidence, courage, creativity, and connectedness.

These activities may include interactive workshops, group discussions, self-reflection exercises, case studies, and practical simulations. By actively participating in these activities, participants will develop practical strategies and techniques to integrate the 8 Cs into their daily practices, curriculum design, and classroom interactions.

By the end of the course, participants will have acquired significant competencies that will positively impact their teaching approaches and their student’s educational experiences.

They will feel more confident to address the challenges of the modern educational landscape and empower their students to become self-leaders, equipped with the skills necessary for lifelong success.

What is included

 Unmatched Support: full day chat assistance

 Fully Fundable: tailored on Erasmus+ budgets

 Flexibility Guaranteed: easy changes with minimal restrictions

 360° experience: from coffee breaks to cultural visits

 Post-Course Training: 100€ voucher on 40+ online courses

The 8Cs of self-leadership

  • Calmness: Achieving serenity and reacting calmly to environmental triggers.
  • Clarity: Perceiving situations accurately, maintaining objectivity, and seeking deeper understanding.
  • Curiosity: Having a strong desire to learn and explore without judgment.
  • Compassion: Being open-hearted and appreciative of others without the need to fix or judge.
  • Confidence: Staying present, handling challenges effectively, and learning from past experiences.
  • Courage: Displaying strength in the face of challenges, taking action towards goals, and taking responsibility for one’s actions.
  • Creativity: Using imagination to produce original ideas and finding joy in the process of learning.
  • Connectedness: Feeling a part of a larger entity, building authentic relationships, and finding support beyond circumstances.

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to:  

  • Create a calm and supportive learning environment;
  • Foster clarity and critical thinking skills;
  • Nurture curiosity and a love for learning;
  • Demonstrate compassion and empathy towards students;
  • Instill confidence and resilience;
  • Encourage creativity and innovative problem-solving;
  • Promote connectedness and collaboration;
  • Inspire courage and responsible decision-making.

Tentative schedule

Day 1 – Introduction to the course

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities;
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

Self-Leadership and its relevance in education

  • The 8 Cs of Self-Leadership;
  • Self-reflection on current strengths and areas for improvement;
  • Case study analysis: Applying the 8 Cs to real-life teaching scenarios.

Day 2 – Cultivating calmness and clarity in educational settings

  • Where does calm come from?
  • Clarity and critical thinking;
  • Group discussion: Challenges related to maintaining calmness and clarity.

Day 3 – Fostering curiosity and compassion in the classroom

  • Exploring strategies to encourage curiosity and non-judgmental learning;
  • How to cultivate compassion in educational environments.

Day 4 – Building confidence and courage in students and oneself

  • Confidence and courage;
  • Identifying personal growth areas related to confidence and courage;
  • Role-play: Practicing courageous decision-making in challenging situations;
  • Reflecting on personal growth and identifying future development goals.

Day 5 – Unleashing creativity and connection in teaching and learning

  • How to generate ideas for incorporating creative teaching methods;
  • Building teamwork and fostering a sense of belonging in the classroom;
  • The impact of connectedness on student motivation and well-being;
  • Group project: collaboratively designing a lesson plan that incorporates the 8 Cs;
  • Presentation and feedback.

Day 6 – Course closure and cultural activities

  • Course evaluation: round-up of acquired competencies, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;
  • Excursion and other external cultural activities.

Dates and locations

= confirmed date


Price: 480€*


Price: 480€*


Price: 580€*


Price: 480€*

*A 60 € late registration fee will be applied if you register less than 8 weeks before the course start date.

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