ERIC Number: ED447601
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Learning from Life: Turning Life's Lessons into Leadership Experience. An Ideas into Action Guidebook.
Ruderman, Marian N.; Ohlott, Patricia J.
Ordinary nonwork activities like fundraising, coaching, and community advocacy can serve as sources of learning for managers in such areas as interpersonal skills, handling multiple tasks, using relevant background information, and leadership practice. Private life encourages leadership development by offering managers experience developing their psychological strength, drawing on support from family and friends, and expanding motivation and opportunities to learn. Work experiences can contribute to personal development and the ability to handle situations away from work, including developing technical skills, strengthening interpersonal and supervisory skills, and enhancing confidence performing managerial roles. Identifying one's developmental needs, and both the work and nonwork sources that support achieving them, is the key to integrating one's experiences, providing skill training, leadership practice, and emotional support. Integrating work and nonwork experiences gives leaders opportunities to act as role models. While introducing personal experiences into work settings can feel risky, doing so brings honesty and humanity to organizations and helps others realize their potential. Developmental progress is enhanced when leaders view the divide between personal life and professional work as a channel and not as a conflict. Effective use of this channel makes an individual a better manager on the job, a community leader, a source of support in and out of the organization, and a person capable of adapting and accepting challenges. (TEJ)
Descriptors: Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Informal Education, Job Skills, Leaders Guides, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Responsibility, Leadership Styles, Lifelong Learning, Modeling (Psychology), Nonformal Education, Professional Development, Role Models
Center for Creative Leadership, P.O. Box 26300, Greensboro, NC 27438-6300 (booklet: ISBN-1-882197-60-7, $6.95). Tel: 336-545-2810; Fax: 336-282-3284; Web site: http://www.ccl.org/publications.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC.