REFLECTING ON September LEADERSHIP STYLES 2012“We all learn in different ways. We allfor how we tackle new experiences. Understanding thelearning cycle and how you go through it, can helpexplain how you deal with problems, people and newsituations. And understanding the differences betweenyourself and others can give insights into your personaland professional relationships.” KOLB
OUTCOMES WHAT (1) To discover more about learning preferences and your personal learning style (2) To link the relevance of learning styles to school leadership (3) To understand the impact that learning styles have on interpersonal relationships WHY To enhance understanding of ef fective interpersonal relationships within our network To develop our social intelligence
KOLB David A . Kolb (born 1939) is an American educational theorist those interests and publications focus on experiential learning, the individual and social change, career development and professional education. He is the founder and chairman of Experience Based Learning Systems, Inc. (EBLS). Kolb earned his MA and Ph.D. from Harvard in social psychology.
RECENT LEARNING Where wereWhat did you? How did you you go learn? about it? Were you on your own or with others? Did it seem difficult or easy?
KOLB LEARNING ST YLE INVENTORY First answer the questionnaire, scoring each question from4 -MOST like you to 1 - LEAST like you. Then use the coloured overlay sheet to collate the scores for each colour (purple, pink, orange and green).
SCORING YOUR LEARNING ST YLEDo the following calculations:total for PURPLE – total for PINK = how youtake in experiencetotal for GREEN – total for ORANGE = how youdeal with experienceNow plot these two scores on the Learning StyleGrid.
DIFFERENCE IN ST YLES?Now find someone from the opposite learning style to you anddiscuss the dif ferences between your learning styles.Think about: What is the most obvious dif ference between your learning styles? Are there any similarities? How would this look in your everyday working relationships? Do you anticipate any areas of conflict? How would you manage these situations? What could you do to accommodate the learning style of others? How do you “bridge” between your dif fering styles? What impact does this have in your classroom? In your leadership roles?
DEVELOPING YOUR LEARNING ST YLEYou can choose to develop a learning style. This is the easiestway to develop your learning styles: You may feel drawn to people who have a similar approach to learning. But you will experience the learning cycle more completely with those whose learning style is different from your own.It is essential to value different learning styles – problems are solved more effectively by working with others.
POINTS TO PONDER“Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It isabout one life influencing another.” John C Maxwell“Lead from the back...and let others believe they are in front .”Nelson Mandela“Education cant make us all leaders, but it can teach us whichleader to follow.” Bel KaufmanARE YOU A SOCIALLY INTELLIGENT LEADER?