State of the arts: using literary works to explore and learnabout theories and models of leadership

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Hafford-Letchfield, T. and Harper, W. 2014. State of the arts: using literary works to explore and learnabout theories and models of leadership. Social Work Education. 33 (2), pp. 209-223. https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2013.763922
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TitleState of the arts: using literary works to explore and learnabout theories and models of leadership
AuthorsHafford-Letchfield, T. and Harper, W.
Abstract

Skills and knowledge in leadership are frequently cited as the key to delivering a vision of quality services and supposes a relationship between ‘effective leadership’ and transforming
services. How students engage with learning about their own leadership potential however, is a challenge to educators. Leaders are constantly presented with moral and ethical choices within a rapidly changing and challenging environment and expected to promote distributory and participatory leadership models. This paper shares our experiences of arts-based leadership pedagogy where students were encouraged to confront fundamental moral challenges in their everyday work and to develop leadership skills in moral analysis and judgement through the examination of case studies embodied within well known literary works. A structured evaluation demonstrated that this method facilitated deeper learning in relation to the students’ interrogation of key leadership concepts, and promoted a safe learning environment for engaging in the experience of taking up a leadership and respective followership roles.

KeywordsPublic sector leadership; moral leadership; literary works; experiential learning; followership; interprofessional learning
PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
JournalSocial Work Education
ISSN0261-5479
Electronic1470-1227
Publication dates
Online28 Jan 2013
Print17 Feb 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited13 Aug 2013
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2013.763922
LanguageEnglish
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