Here are the four methodological pillars on which Paola Novellini's work is based:

  • The approach to the English language is aimed at developing the five communication skills: speaking, reading, listening, writing, grammar&vocabulary. In this respect it is necessary to get into a learning cycle where we reproduce by talking and writing all inputs we get through listening and reading things. Besides, the study of grammar and vocabulary will contribute to the achievement of our learning goals.
  • The English language is not only the subject of study, but it is the instrument through which it is learnt. As such, it becomes a means of communication the moment we use it to express our critical thoughts about any kind of topics and issues, which may range from current affairs to general knowledge.
  • The added value of this training programme is the opportunity to learn about up-to-date economic and corporate issues, directly in English, with the focus on developing managerial skills.
  • Last but not least, as we need to take responsibility for our personal and professional development, it is necessary to learn study tecniques and methods that have proved to be successful to me and to many students of mine who have benefited from learning to manage their own learning.

Rethinking the Adaptive Leadership model through the Italian Adaptive Leadership Behavior Questionnaire

Since Heifetz designed the adaptive leadership framework in 1994, the academic literature has benefitted from many qualitative research studies focusing on specific adaptive challenges and how the adaptive leadership framework can be practically used to face these. It seems very few have dealt with adaptive leadership through the quantitative lens and have attempted to measure adaptive leadership behaviors or tested Heifetz’s adaptive leadership six-dimensional model. In response, my PhD research aimed to measure the perception of adaptive leadership behaviors across the Italian corporate context and to investigate whether Heifetz’s adaptive leadership model can apply to the Italian culture. Findings and contribution to knowledge can be read in the thesis: Novellini, P. (2023) Rethinking the Adaptive Leadership model through the Italian Adaptive Leadership Behavior Questionnaire, PhD thesis, University of Sunderland.

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