This chapter outlines how the ‘tents’ exercise was shaped by research on how we learn to lead. Designed to enable the leadership experiences stemming from the course of their life, it seeks to surface unexplored, often unrecognised influences and tacit knowledge of leadership. Emerging out of the ‘Tents’ process is an organized narrative. The chapter explores how this understanding is utilized as part of a workshop focused on developing leadership practice.
Steve Kempster and Simon Bainbridge
Walking with Wordsworth is an interdisciplinary approach to leadership development that focuses on leadership as purpose. The romanticism of Wordsworth’s autobiographic poem, The Prelude, is a most applicable catalyst for examining a ‘leaders’ sense of purpose. Detail of the activity of walking in Wordsworth footsteps is outlined: a physical and metaphoric journey. Many managers have been struck by an engagement with the poetry set within the authentic context of the Lake District stimulating reflection on their own journeys and the sense of purpose and vocation. The chapter explores the opportunities of weaving literature, context and leadership development together.