Learning Leaders – Introduction

Influencing through Inquiry and Appreciation


What is a Learning Leader? The articles in this special issue illustrate the relationship of learning leaders and Appreciative Inquiry in diverse ways from different contexts, organizations and age cohorts. Some demonstrate the core principle of co-construction – connecting with others to learn and live in the multiple, inclusive ‘we’, rather than the singular ‘I’, exploring and embracing concepts from multiple sources.

Edited by Louis Alloro, Cecile Betit, Marge Schiller and Jacqueline M.  Stavros


Author: Louis Alloro

Louis Alloro designs and delivers highly sought after, evidence-based wellbeing and positive change learning experiences around the world. He is a senior fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Wellbeing and co-creator of the new Certificate in Creating Wellbeing training program. He is currently pursuing his PhD in systems informed positive psychology and social impact evaluation.

Contact: louis@thechangelabs.com

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Author: Cecile G. Betit

Cecile G. Betit, Ph.D., a Rutgers University Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing 2018-2019 Kelso Fellow and independent researcher with an interest in positive social change and its developmental implications, studied Carris Reels’ whole system transition to employee ownership and employee governance over an 18 year period. Several articles have been published and a book is in process.

Contact: cgbetit@vermontel.net

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Author: Marge Schiller 

Marge Schiller, Ph.D. uses Appreciative Inquiry and strengths-based approaches with Learning Leaders. Her passion is intergenerational work. She lives in Massachusetts and Florida. She has written and co-authored many books and articles, including STAN and the 4 Fantastic Powers, an AI book for children.

Contact: margeschiller@me.com

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Author: Jackie Stavros

Jackie Stavros is a professor at Lawrence Technological University’s College of Business and IT. Her passion is working with others to discover their strengths, opportunities, aspirations and results for positive change and applying AI in everyday conversations to fuel productive and meaningful engagement (www.cwh.today). 

Contact: jstavros@ltu.edu 

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