13 Growing the ‘I’ and the ‘We’ in Transformational Leadership: The LEAD, LEARN & GROW Model

Mary Watts & Sarah Corrie


This paper presents the LEAD, LEARN & GROW Model of leadership development – an approach emerging from practice-based insights – and describes how the Model was received by coaching psychologists in the context of a workshop facilitated by the first author at the Annual Conference of the Special Group in Coaching Psychology (SGCP) in December 2012. Participants’ reactions to the Model suggested that it had face validity and was a potentially useful framework for leadership coaching; thus, the idea for this article was born. In this article the authors describe both the model and the workshop in which it was explored and developed. Ideas and discussion emerging from the workshop participants have been incorporated into the article, which concludes with a series of questions offered as aids for further reflection and guidance in the application of the LEAD, LEARN & GROW Model.


Leadership; transformational leadership; lead; learn; grow

Original publication details: Watts, M., & Corrie, S. (2013, December). Growing the ‘I’ and the ‘We’ in transformational leadership: The LEAD, LEARN & GROW model. The Coaching Psychologist, 9(2), 86–99. Reproduced with permission of The British Psychological Society.

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