The implementation of leadership programs in a cross-cultural context

Year: 2006

Author: Harold, Barbara, Stephenson, Lauren

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

The previous papers in the symposium have highlighted specific aspects of educational leadership development in the UAE. This final paper summarizes the topic by reflecting on the experiences of the university faculty involved in the various programs. It draws on reflective processes and narrative inquiry arising from a cultural context which lends itself to oral tradition. In order to explore the way in which people understand who they are and how they come to know and learn, a 'storied' approach is used to discuss key issues in the implementation of leadership programs including the bilingual context, knowledge of leadership theories versus developing leadership skills, variation in leadership skills and practices, the role of women, and 'emiratization'.