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Critical reflection as a catalyst for sustainable leadership development

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Publication date16/07/2015
Number of pages6
Original languageEnglish


Conventional approaches to leadership development encourage participants to engage in established notions of leadership practice that are often inherently unsustainable. They do not permit the authentic expression of an individual’s values and beliefs through their leadership, aligning instead with those of established gurus. Rising to the challenge of Bendell & Little (2015) that leadership educators must challenge assumptions about leadership practices that have proven to be unsustainable, this paper explores the case for the development of increasingly self-aware leaders through reflective and reflexive pedagogies. By examining the process and content of an innovative leadership development programme it highlights the benefits to individuals and organisations. Current research highlights the value of increased time and space for reflection during leadership development programmes partnered with purposeful practise and longitudinal reinforcement to develop wise and sustainable leadership practices.