State of the arts: using literary works to explore and learn about theories and models of leadership

Hafford-Letchfield, Trish ORCID logoORCID: and Harper, William (2014) State of the arts: using literary works to explore and learn about theories and models of leadership. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 33 (2) . pp. 209-223. ISSN 0261-5479 [Article] (doi:10.1080/02615479.2013.763922)


Skills and knowledge in leadership are frequently cited as the key to delivering a vision of quality services and supposes a relationship between ‘effective leadership’ and transforming
services. How students engage with learning about their own leadership potential however, is a challenge to educators. Leaders are constantly presented with moral and ethical choices within a rapidly changing and challenging environment and expected to promote distributory and participatory leadership models. This paper shares our experiences of arts-based leadership pedagogy where students were encouraged to confront fundamental moral challenges in their everyday work and to develop leadership skills in moral analysis and judgement through the examination of case studies embodied within well known literary works. A structured evaluation demonstrated that this method facilitated deeper learning in relation to the students’ interrogation of key leadership concepts, and promoted a safe learning environment for engaging in the experience of taking up a leadership and respective followership roles.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 28 Jan 2013
Keywords (uncontrolled): Public sector leadership, moral leadership, literary works, experiential learning, followership, interprofessional learning
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 11449
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Depositing User: Trish Hafford-Letchfield
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2013 06:23
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2019 16:21

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