Céleste M. Grimard, Sabrina Pellerin


University leadership courses or corporate leadership development programs traditionally offer classroom-based instruction pertaining to the theories, attributes, and behaviors of leaders. Although these activities may spark increased awareness and understanding of leadership, this learning is not easily transferred to the workplace. Indeed, transference of learning is a significant issue not only in traditional leadership education and training, but in any learning program that take learners away from the context in which they will be applying their new skills. To address these deficiencies in transference, we propose an action learning approach that invites individuals to undertake practical exercises in their personal or professional lives as a means of building leadership skills “in context.” In this paper, we share our experience in applying an action learning approach in three sections of a leadership course. 


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