Exploring Social Leadership

This semester I’m taking a class at Athabasca University called Inclusive Leadership and Practice in Education with Dr. Susan Bainbridge. While reviewing her live binder, I heard her saying that some of her students think that because they’re not acting in a leadership capacity, they don’t consider themselves leaders, such statement sounds amusing to me.
Well, let me talk about Bandura and social learning a bit. Social Learning theory bases its framework on behavioral, environmental factors, and personal factors. Notice that there are two different personal spheres cited here: behavioral and personal factors.
Have you heard of informal leaders? Informal leaders? …one may ask (Quinn, 2015). I say, yeah, informal leaders, AKA influencers. Individuals with knowledge, prestige, charisma that engage a massive amounts of people… Just because they take the time to develop relationships. Have you heard of them? (Conner, 2010)

Now, my moment of curiosity: can you think of a person that fits the parameters I just outlined? Please don’t write their names here. But, write one characteristic that you can observe and benefit from? I will make sure that I add my feedback at the bottom as well.


Barb Reis

AKA – Charismatic Leader




Conner, M.  and LeBlanc, S.  “Where Social Learning Thrives,” Fast Company, (2010), http://www.fastcompany.com/1546824/where-social-learning-thrives

Insight on lean and agile, see http://www.hackerchick.com.

Quinn, C.  “Making ‘Sense,’” (2015), Learnlets: Clark Quinn’s Learnings About Learning Blog, http://blog.learnlets.com/?p=4220.

 “Broadcast: Heidi Forbes Öste, PhD Research on Wearable Technologies and Presence of Mind,” http://startupproduct.com/broadcast-heidi-forbes-oste-phd-researcher-wearable-technologies-presence-mind/.


Social Leadership

A bit of a challenge. Based on your experience as a manager or as an employee name two reasons for social leadership you deem essential and two you find ludicrous.


I look forward to your answers… In fact, I’m really curious to hear about the experiences shared.





Pew Research Center: Social Networking Fact Sheet, http://www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheets/social-networking-fact-sheet/.

http://www.deloitte.com/genderdividend. Also see “A Guide to Womenomics,” The Economist, (April 12, 2006).

Gordon, M. The Roots of Empathy: Changing the World Child by Child, (New York: The Experiment, 2009). Also see: http://www.rootsofempathy.org.

Szalavitz, M.  and Perry, B.D. Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential—and Endangered (New York: William Morrow, 2010).

Scaffolding Social Learning

People may wonder what scaffolding means to education. Only individuals with an empiric background will know. Well, I hope you know what Vygotsky’s scaffolding means. If you are foreign to this methodology, I will explain. Scaffolding is a teaching method that helps learners understand better by working with an instructor or a more advanced learner to achieve specific learning outcomes. This is an interesting theory. Scaffolding and social learning do cross paths mainly when it comes to highlighting the importance of collaboration to the learning process.

To power through this new year, I’d like to ask you to share an experience of when you learned something because you were interfacing with someone. Feel free to be yourself and share the experience. Elaborating or being high level, it doesn’t really matter. I’d just wanted to learn about your journey.
Happy New Year.

Social Learning Hub



Bandura, A. Social Learning Theory, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, (1977), 173.

Berger, P.,  and Luckman, T., The Social Construction of Reality: The Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge London: Penguin, (1967).

Conner, M.  and LeBlanc, S.  “Where Social Learning Thrives,” Fast Company, (February 11, 2010), http://www.fastcompany.com/1546824/where-social-learning-thrives.

Piaget, J. Psychology of Intelligence, Routledge Classics, trans. M. Piercy and D.E. Berlyne London: Routledge, (2001).

Social Learning in Environmental Management : Towards a Sustainable Future, edited by Rob Dyball, and Meg Keen, Routledge, 2005. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://0-ebookcentral-proquest-com.aupac.lib.athabascau.ca/lib/athabasca-ebooks/detail.action?docID=429935 


How do You Learn?


Isn’t social learning facinating? We live in groups, learn in groups, succeed in groups, and fail in groups.

However, looking from a social learning perspective: how do you learn? Do you think that influence has an important role in your learning curve?

Barbara Reis

Learning Lots…

Motivation – What Inspires a Workforce?


I could spend the entire eternity writing about motivation in the workplace. It is one of my favorite topics of discussion. People must be motivated to imitate behaviours. Motivated employees are directly related to productivity. Dr. Pandey brings up a very valid topic: the correlation between self efficacy and intrinsic (natural, innate) motivation. In his article, Dr. Pandey successfully quotes Albert Bandura, and I repeat:

“Human attainments and positive well-being require an

optimistic sense of personal efficacy. … Self-doubts can set

in quickly after some failures or reverses. The important

matter is not that difficulties arouse self-doubt, which is a

natural immediate reaction, but the speed of recovery of

perceived self-efficacy from difficulties.”

Without going too much into the scientific part – even though this blog will be used as a scientific tool – I’d like to pose the following questions: what triggers productive behaviours in the workplace? Should workplace have social targets (individuals or certain groups), to use as behaviour samples? Should social learning and the four factors of social learning theory be part of business plans of certain organizations? Yes, or No?

I look forward to your feedback.


Barbara Reis

Curious by Nature

Lifelong Learner by Trade




Deepali,D., Neelam, P., (2015)

Role of Self Efficacy and Intrinsic Motivation on Work Place Environment

International Journal of Education and Psychological Research (IJEPR) 4, 52-55

Volume 4, Issue 1, March 2015

happy business people

Reproduction or Innovation?


Another factor to add to our bucket is reproduction. According to social learning the reproduction part is the capacity for imitating the behavior. Now, our contemporary questions: would you choose reproduction over innovation? Is reproduction a factor that should be given more credit than invention? I know we are discussing the important factors of social learning but I’m really confused. Why would people choose to imitate when it’s better to innovate? I’d love to hear your opinion.


Barbara Reis

Curious by Nature