Regular readers of this blog know about my passion for connecting language learning to leadership. I truly believe that language learning helps us to improve our leadership skills, understand others with a deeper sense of compassion and see the world in wiser ways. I am inspired by the work of Gandhi, who was a strong advocate of learning second and foreign languages.
Here’s a reprint of an article that was published on the topic. It was originally published in Zephyr, the newsletter of the Second Languages and Intercultural Council (SLIC) of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. It is reprinted here with permission:
- Leadership through Language Learning and Teaching: The Case of Gandhi
- Gandhi empowered others in 11 different languages
- Want to Change the World? Learn Another Language: Leadership Inspired by Language Learning ebook
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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.