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ERIC Number: ED552152
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 142
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2679-3934-0
The Role of Transformational Learning in Women's Leadership Development
Suby-Long, Sallie
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
Based on the theory of transformational learning, the purpose of this study was to conduct survey research with women graduates of two community-based leadership development programs to determine what characteristics describe transformational learning among women participants and to identify what learning activities and experiences may foster transformational change. The results of the study indicated that over half of the participants experienced transformational learning as a result of their participation in a statewide leadership development program and "The Integrated Work of Leadership" © (K. Tyler Scott, "The Inner Work of the Leader: Discovering the Leader Within", 1999; K. Tyler Scott, "The Integrated Work of Leadership: A Journey of Transformation", 2009). The women leaders identified personal reflection, verbally discussing concerns, experiences, and leadership issues; small-group discussions, and support from classmates/colleagues as the top learning experiences that fostered their transformational learning. The research results also showed that holistic, integrated leadership development experiences influence women's leadership, work, relationships, and community involvement. As increasing numbers of women are integrally engaged in all aspects of leadership within organizations and communities, adult educators and leadership development professionals must identify and implement effective learning approaches that enhance women's overall development and that are attentive to women's specific leadership development needs. Although there is research indicating that women benefit from individualized leadership development practices and research indicating that transformational learning is beneficial to learners, there has been a gap in the current knowledge base regarding women's transformational learning related to leadership, work, relationships, and community involvement. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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