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  • Choose the learning approach you prefer from "Approaches to Learning" below. Reflecting on what learning approach works best for you helps you identify the opportunities that have the strongest impact in your growth.
  • Choose leadership approach to find offerings that best strengthen your preferred the leadership style.

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Interested in learning more about approaches to learning and leadership?  Read the Literature Review compiled by partners in the Leadership Development Partnership.

Approaches to Learning

Description Keywords

Experiential Learning

“Learning through doing” can happen through on-the-job learning, internships, apprenticeships, volunteering, team exercises, or group activities. Action learning combines learning in groups with taking action on real-life problems. In particular, assignments that give an individual the chance to go beyond their comfort zone to develop new skills can be a growth opportunity, especially when supported, planned, and reflected upon afterwards.

internship, action learning, cohort, apprenticeship, volunteering, team exercise, group activity, peer-to-peer

Skill Development

By investing time in learning and growing specific skills, an individual becomes an expert who can share knowledge with colleagues and other audiences. This act of knowledge-sharing builds the individual's experience in leading and empowering others.

skill, hard skill, soft skill, teaching, lecture, training, instruction, workshop, conference, competency, technical, capacity, communication, management, analysis

One-on-one Support

Mentoring and coaching both rely on personal relationships and individualized support to encourage personal and professional growth. Mentoring offers a relationship that can provide new perspectives and outside support, while coaching roots self-improvement in observing an individual’s performance, offering advice based in experience, and tracking specific goals.

mentor, coach, advisor, role model, individualized, personalized, advice, problem solving, action planning, goal setting, attitude change, behavior change, self-discovery, self-assessment, identity exploration

Culturally Specific

Within the broader field of leadership development, there is a need to go beyond surface-level discussions of cultural competence and instead allow individuals with shared identities to learn and grow together. Culturally specific leadership development, led by an individual who shares an identity with the participants, offers participants the opportunity to explore their social identity as an element of leadership, challenge exclusionary messages about leadership, and build community.

identity, shared identity, collective identity, inequity, discrimination, oppression, structural injustice, racism, power, social justice, racial justice, shared experience, social context, intersectionality, gender, sexuality, nationality, race, ethnicity, disability status, intersecting identities

Network Building

Network approaches to leadership recognize the value of interpersonal connections between many people and between organizations or groups. Networks may be formal (examples: professional associations, round tables, mailing lists, coalitions, alliances) or informal (examples: friend groups, networking events, happy hours). network, connections, network building, events, listservs, membership organizations, happy hour, peer-to-peer support, cohort, informal networking, formal networking, round table, relationship building, alliance, coalition, mingling

Approaches to Leadership

Description Keywords

Ethical Leadership
(similar to Authentic Leadership)

Ethical leadership focuses on leaders having an ethical character and ethical decision-making skills.  Leaders align the organization's mission and values, communicate their core values and ethical standards to colleagues and stakeholders, and make ethically sound decisions despite competing pressures. Ethical decision-making builds trust, fosters positive internal and external relationships, and can be transformative when dealing with difficult or high-conflict situations.

ethics, integrity, values, trust-building, core values, shared purpose, reflection, self-awareness, making meaning,  mindfulness, learning plan, self-assessment, life story, identity, values

Adaptive Leadership (similar to Situational Leadership)

Adaptive leadership approaches complex and fast-changing challenges with risk-taking, experimentation, and encouraging colleagues to be resilient and to confront challenges head-on.  It requires leaders to be courageous, engage in the ongoing process of learning, make difficult decisions, and adopt an experimental mindset. A situational leader changes their own style, rather than expect their staff members or co-workers to adapt to the leader’s style.

adaptive, nimble, risk-taking, decision-making, experiment, resilience, flexibility, situational, adapt
Collective Leadership Collective leadership recognizes that groups of individuals can lead together instead of a single individual being the leader.  Groups working together with a common purpose and acting cooperatively can produce change within and across organizations, groups, and communities.  This approach asks the questions of “How do we grow leadership capacity throughout the organization or movement?” and “What conditions do we need for leadership to flourish widely?”

leading together, consensus, collaborative,  cooperative, co-construct, acting together, facilitative, jointly-determined purpose
Community Organizing Leadership Community organizing and grassroots leadership involves approaches and skills that engage community members to achieve collectively agreed upon results. Leaders are often people from within communities who lead public interest campaigns, negotiations, and electoral activities. They may help the community develop self-advocacy skills.  This approach emphasizes issue and power analysis.  

grassroots, community, organizing, mobilizing, campaign, advocacy, base-building
Results-Based Leadership Leadership effectiveness is often difficult to measure and quantify, but results-based leadership approaches place assessment, accountability, and feedback at the center of the leadership journey.  Results-based leadership programs are often based on creating and implementing learning plans with clearly articulated goals and performance measures.

measurement, results, assessment, accountability, learning plan, performance management, action plan