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 16: Walking with Wordsworth: exploring leadership as purpose through The Prelude

Steve Kempster and Simon Bainbridge

Abstract

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.

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