Should We Start Coaching Young Leaders Through Transformative Learning Experiences Before They Enter the Workplace?
Keywords:leadership development, transformative learning, resiliency building, self-awareness, leadership coaching, assessment-based training, Life-Styles Inventory (LSI)
Coaching, assessments, self-driven discovery, and non-traditional measures of success that initiate leadership growth are critical, but missing pieces, in current leadership development.
Integrating these alternative methods has proven to help the development of necessary leadership skills, including goal-setting, active listening, self-awareness, commitment and resiliency, in addition to uncovering the obstacles that stand in the way of their improvement. This study investigates the long-term impact of adding a Transformative Learning Experience (TLE) to a leadership development course at a Canadian undergraduate school. The outcomes are examined for the duration of the course, as well as in a post-graduation longitudinal study. The results suggest greater personal and professional advantages when leadership characteristics are developed well before reaching mid-career management level. Future leaders— and the corporations they join—benefit when applicants undertake personal growth and reflection before they join the workforce, instead of waiting until they have climbed their career ladders.
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