The Impact of LTA Volunteerism on Leadership and Management Development: An Autoethnographic Reflection
Many language teacher association (LTA) volunteers bring leadership and management (L & M) skills from their careers and see such volunteerism as a means of developing these skills further. This has been my case although I have never taken the opportunity to fully reflect on how volunteering has impacted my professional life. This exploratory study, informed by autoethnographic and pragmatic principles, provides insights into the extent of this impact by reflecting on emergent themes emanating from the qualitative analysis of introspective reflective narratives. These themes are: knowledge; responsibility; skills and attributes; feedback; and finally, challenges. Findings provide subjective pointers to the elements of L & M development that are most likely to be positively impacted by LTA volunteerism, which may act as a stimulus for reflection for current volunteers or those considering volunteering for career advancement.
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