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Reflective learning and the development of leaders

Girardi, A., Minaee, S., Paull, M.ORCID: 0000-0001-8613-2159, 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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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.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Management and Governance
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