Learning from the story of a great leader

Ehrich, Lisa C. & Cranston, Neil C. (2006) Learning from the story of a great leader. In Engaging Pedagogies. Australian Association for Research in Education 2006 International Education Research Conference, 26-30 November 2006, Adelaide, University of South Australia City-East Campus & Bonython Hall.

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This paper reports on research findings from a larger study which seeks to understand leadership from the experiences of well-known and well-recognised Australian leaders across a spectrum of endeavours such as the arts, business, science, the law and politics. To date there appears to be limited empirical research that has investigated the insights of Australian leaders regarding their leadership experiences, beliefs and practices. In this paper, the leadership story of a well-respected medical scientist is discussed revealing the contextual factors that influenced her thinking about leadership as well as the key values she embodies as a leader. The paper commences by briefly considering some of the salient leadership literature in the field. In particular, two prominent theoretical frameworks provided by Leavy (2003) and Kouzes and Posner (2002) are explored. While Leavy’s framework construes leadership as consisting of three “C’s‿ – context , conviction and credibility, Kouzes and Posner (2002) refer to five practices of exemplary leadership. The paper provides a snapshot of the life forces and context that played an important role in shaping the leader’s views and practices. An analytical discussion of these practices is considered in the light of the earlier frameworks identified. Some implications of the findings from this non-education context for those in schools are briefly noted.

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ID Code: 7064
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Australian leaders, leadership
ISSN: 1324-9339
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 AARE & (The authors)
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 19 Apr 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:39

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