Field Guide to Leadership Development
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Field Guide to Leadership Development

Edited by Steve Kempster, Arthur F. Turner and Gareth Edwards

This Field Guide offers a rich variety of academic approaches to facilitate leadership development in adults. It is an invaluable resource, giving insightful worked examples linked to theory and reflective commentary. The extensive experiences of world leading exponents of leadership development are distilled into practical application for immediate use. 
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Chapter 15: Leadership exchange: contextualized learning about how leadership is accomplished and personalized leadership development

Jonathan Gosling and Simon Western

Abstract

This chapter describes how leaders learn from difference, learn from each other and learn from practice through a ‘leadership exchange’ - a reciprocal research programme in which participants receive orientation to reflexive methods, training in observation skills, and then partner up to shadow each other for three days, before being debriefed and coached to deepen the learning from this experience. We developed the method on an executive masters program in the late 1990’s. Since then it has been successfully deployed on a large scale in global post-merger integrations, customised organisation development interventions, in Masters of Arts (MA) and open executive programmes, and as part of personalised coaching. It therefore contributes to a broad array of applications including research training, leadership formation and organisational development. To explore how it works, and why some distinctive features are important, we utilise psychoanalytic insights into unconscious processes such as ‘pairing’, containment and voyeurism; and systems psychodynamic concepts of role, task and boundaries.

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