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Learning Leadership from Experience: Narrative and Storytelling

Narrative and Storytelling 300x126 Learning Leadership from Experience: Narrative and Storytelling By accidentally bumping into the narrative approach I discovered a potential solution to the problem of making explicit the imperceptible leadership learning that occurs through our lived experience. Narrative is argued to be most appropriate for exploring tacit knowledge (Wengraf, 2001) for the following reasons: Continue reading

Key Lessons of Learning Leadership Experience (7)

Key Lessons7 Key Lessons of Learning Leadership Experience (7)Further, Conger (1993) argues for an organized approach and believes that too much leadership development has occurred in a ‘haphazard process’ (1993: 46), with little intentionality, accountability or evaluation (ibid.). Drawing these notions of development together, an equation is offered (McCauley et al., 1998: 223): Continue reading

Key Lessons of Learning Leadership Experience (6)

Key Lessons6 Key Lessons of Learning Leadership Experience (6)For example, work by Avolio and Luthans (2006) identified the importance of ‘trigger moments’, Bennis and Thomas (2002) highlighted ‘transformative experiences’ that shifted an individual’s identity, and Janson (2008) identified the significance of ‘leadership formative experiences’ – often attached to emotional incidents. Continue reading

Key Lessons of Learning Leadership Experience (5)

Key Lessons5 Key Lessons of Learning Leadership Experience (5)Such realization often occurs inaction (Schon, 1983; Ferry & Ross-Gordon, 1998) or reflection-on-action (Schon, 1983), but can be seen to be catalyzed through key events that disrupt routines and allow new behaviors to be learnt for new situations (Brett, 1983; a similar argument was suggested by the formative work of Whitehead, 1933). Continue reading

Key Lessons of Learning Leadership Experience (4)

Key Lessons4 Key Lessons of Learning Leadership Experience (4)The significance of observational learning to leadership development is rather understated (Kempster, 2006, 2007, 2008). There is no specific focus on a deeper understanding of the processes of influence relating to these notables, good or bad or a temporal perspective as to when notables had influence: for example, earlier or later in people’s careers. Continue reading

Key Lessons of Learning Leadership Experience (3)

Key Lessons3 Key Lessons of Learning Leadership Experience (3)It has been identified that the relevance of intervention and its impact was greater when it occurred at, or near the time of a significant learning episode. Burgoyne and Stewart (1976), Davies and Easter by-Smith (1984) and McCall et al. (1988) and later McCall (1998) placed emphasis towards greater salience of leadership learning as a consequence of contextualization through hardships, notable people, change of environment or difficult role assignments, rather than general de-contextualized learning through information transfer in classroom settings. Continue reading

Educational Context of Informal Leadership Learning

Leadership Learning Educational Context of Informal Leadership Learning The impact of relationships and developmental experiences can be seen to be continued from the parental context into the educational environment, in the form of teachers extending the development process as well as reinforcing children and adolescents’ understanding of the leadership phenomenon. Continue reading