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Learning and leading: how beliefs about learning can be used to promote effective leadership


Nailon, DL and Delahaye, B and Brownlee, J, Learning and leading: how beliefs about learning can be used to promote effective leadership, Development and learning in organizations, 21, (4) pp. 6-9. ISSN 1477-7282 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1108/14777280710758790


Purpose - The aim of this paper is to examine the links between the core beliefs a leader holds about learning and knowing (called epistemological beliefs) and how they go about leading an organization. Design/methodology/ approach - A total of 15 directors in centre-based child care organizations were interviewed about how they viewed learning and knowing in their leadership role. Findings - In these interviews is was found that the directors who indicated transformational leadership behaviors also thought that staff learning and knowing should be active, meaningful and evidenced-based. This means that they viewed knowledge as evolving, tentative and needing to be critiqued and evaluated in the light of evidence (known as evaluativism in epistemological belief jargon). Conversely, the director with transactional beliefs about leadership clearly demonstrated beliefs that knowledge was about his own "truths" or black-and-white facts that could be transmitted to others (known as objectivism). Originality/value - While it may be useful to reflect on the connections between core beliefs about knowing and learning and transformational leadership practice, a more important task for the field is how such leaders might be nurtured. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Nailon, DL (Ms Di Nailon)
ID Code:73471
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2011-10-11
Last Modified:2011-10-11

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