Developing Leadership Capacity Through Leadership Learning Opportunities
The chapter examines how five LTA leaders developed their leadership skills through engaging in leadership learning opportunities. It draws on some of the findings of a research project that explored how five internationally renowned leaders in English language teaching (ELT) developed their leadership capacities. Through the methodology of narrative inquiry (Clandinin & Connelley, 2000; Trahar, 2013) the study sought to explore how these leaders make sense of their own development as leaders in the world of ELT with rapidly changing characteristics by focusing on their leadership learning at the level of lived experiences situated in the complex, globalized ELT context. Data were drawn from written interviews and were analyzed using an inductive process of identifying themes. The findings reported in this chapter include the critical roles of leadership learning, informal leadership development opportunities; and leadership learning through mentoring/coaching and relational leadership. The chapter concludes with practical insights and recommendations for those who aspire to lead in Language Teacher Associations (LTAs).
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