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Reflective learning and the development of leaders

Girardi, A., Minaee, S., Paull, M., Whitsed, C. and Boudville, I. (2015) Reflective learning and the development of leaders. In: 29th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, 2 - 4 December, Queenstown, New Zealand

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Abstract

Investment in leadership development programs continues to rise as organisations struggle to develop leaders at all levels. In this study personal reflections from 40 senior leaders completing an almost year-long leadership development program are analysed using an integrated series of content analysis techniques. In examining a corpus of over 50,000 words, the study presents evidence that the use of reflective learning activities has led to the formation of leadership wisdom: a necessary set of attitudes and values, cognitive skills and life experiences that enable individuals to lead in uncertain environments. The paper concludes that reflection is a cornerstone of successful leadership development programs, and adds value to the discourse on successful leadership.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Management and Governance
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/33283
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