Breakout Session 5 - 17th September at 12:30 - 1:10

Leading well and leading together with Motivating Language Theory and the Four Frame Model of Reframing Organizations

Presenter/s: Toby Holmes
Type: Workshop / facilitated discussion
Keywords: Motivating Language Theory, Four Frames, Reframing Organizations
Room: Ngā Purapura


This interactive workshop grounded in the principles of He Tángata (leading and working in the service of people, whanau, and the community), and Manaakitanga (respecting and caring for the people, whanau, and the community and listening to and involving them in our leadership) is designed to help educational leaders integrate leadership communications with the ability to reframe organizations. Specifically, the workshop is a hands-on application of three published manuscripts that take participants thorough the process of engaging in the Four-Frames of Reframing Organizations (Bolman & Deal, 2021) with Motivating Language Theory (Mayfield & Mayfield, 2018) so that leaders:

  • Can use an integrated framework for connecting the Four Frames and Motivating Language Theory
  • Can implement a leadership script to reframe organizational problems into solutions with leadership actions and communications
  • Can use a framework connecting Kotter’s Change Model with the Four Frames and Motivating Language Theory
  • Can implement a leadership decision-making sequence connecting the Four Frames and Motivating Language Theory (Holmes & Scull, 2019; Holmes, 2023; Holmes, 2024)
  • Can see the frameworks and resources provided through key Mãori principles.
    References Provided Upon Request


Toby Holmes

Dr. William T. “Toby” Holmes is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Kansas State University, USA. Dr. Holmes is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, primarily focused on research and teaching in leadership communication, motivating language theory, culturally sustaining instructional leadership, and the rural superintendency. He is a frequent presenter at NZEALS and published author in JELPP with articles on Culturally Sustaining Instructional Leadership and Cowboy Epistemology.