CIT 2014 – Workshop | Fostering and Supporting a Bi-Cultural Leadership Environment
Leadership is deliberate and conscious. It includes civility, fairness, self-control, emotional intelligence, and social intelligence. In interpreting, leadership is an essential practice, including: (1) leading oneself, (2) leading individuals, (3) leading groups, and (4) leading organizations, communities, and societies. Interpreters at the most fundamental level must lead themselves. This presentation will provide application of the findings of a qualitative research study examining leadership from the perspectives of 50 Deaf leaders and interpreter leaders from Canada and the United States. Implications and applications will be discussed in terms of providing learning environments that are conducive to effective leadership practices. Application of the most frequently reported themes among the research participants, respect and communication, will be highlighted. In addition, strategies will be offered to provide learning environments to incorporate practice related to the five themes Deaf leaders and interpreter leaders reported when asked about the differences and similarities between each group.