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Education sourcebook presents alternative leadership approach

March 12, 2018
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The concept of leadership often evokes ideas of an individual charismatic leader. A new sourcebook edited by Royal Roads Prof. Catherine Etmanski, Assoc. Prof. Kathy Bishop and associate faculty member Beth Page presents an alternative to the stereotype of the individual, often male, heroic leader—one that has collaboration at its core.

“Adult Learning through Collaborative Leadership” explores the point where adult learning and collaboration meet, using real-life examples to weave theory with practice. 

With contributions from Assoc. Prof. Virginia McKendry, former associate faculty member Rhonda Margolis and Master of Arts in Leadership grad Rachel Reimer, the book explores topics like how transformative learning concepts can support leaders in the digital age and how new partnership models can address today’s global health, poverty and education challenges. It also provides a range of creative strategies such as playbuilding, coaching, fostering global partnerships and ensemble leadership as well as Indigenous and feminist perspectives on leadership.

Etmanski, Bishop and Page say their interest in collaborative leadership stems from their own varied work experiences. In collaborating on the sourcebook, the co-editors say they increased both their productivity and enjoyment.

Read “Adult Learning Through Collaborative Leadership”.