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Authentic Leadership

Authentic Leadership Development: Through developing supportive networks Shyamenda Nathan Purslow Authentic leadership (AL) has generated interest from academics and practitioners, particularly when the actions of some leaders in government or organisations have had wide reaching negative consequences (Gardner et al., 2011). AL refers to leadership behaviour that elicits and upholds a “positive ethical climate, to foster greater self-awareness, an internalised moral perspective, balanced processing of information, and relational transparency” (Walumbwa et al., 2008). Leadership authors such as George (2015) have contributed to interest, however, there remains little research undertaken on how leadership development actually takes place (Avolio, 2007). In a meta-analysis spanning 100 years for example, Avolio and Chan (2008) found only 200 studies of 12,500 focused on leadership development. This study aims to apply social network theory to explore how individuals develop into more authentic and effective leaders through interaction with others. Allowing for the use of a 360-degree feedback approach and alternative sources beyond self-rating. Taking into account the complex interaction people have with their social and organisational environment. Using online platforms where relationship building and peer support is observable, will provide an innovative way of capturing how leaders develop and form a crucial component of becoming authentic and effective. Authentic leaders play a vital role in maintaining the wellbeing of organisations and their employees. Understanding how individuals develop to become like this will help to produce a framework organisation and individuals can apply to themselves. Towards adulthood: exploring transitions to adulthood for young people with learning disabilities in a devolving Greater Manchester Francesca Ribenfors For young people with learning disabilities the transition to adulthood is complex. Rather than a period when change is embraced and new experiences welcomed, it is a time fraught with challenges. Whilst others may be entering into employment, heading to university or planning a gap-year, for many young people with learning disabilities, it is the transition to adult services, which dominates (Cowen et al., 2010). Changes in social-care, health-care and education clash together to create a period of uncertainty and instability and young people with learning disabilities continue to be denied their place as full adult citizens within our society (Mansell, 2010). Recent changes in legislation have intended to improve transitions, however the impact of these changes are unknown and, as Devolution Manchester develops, further change is inevitable. It is thus vital we gain a sound appreciation of the current situation from the perspectives of those directly impacted by it, in order to shape change in a way that meets their needs. Although only at the start of the research, this presentation addresses how creative methods will be utilised to engage with young people, parents/carers and professionals, to understand their experiences of ‘transition’, in light of the changing legislation. It will explore the aims of the current research and, by drawing on emancipatory disability research, it will explain how it is hoped that an analysis of data collected will build an evidence base to inform future policy and practice, thus contributing to changing the way transition to adulthood is experienced.

Modelling any impact on cardiovascular health of sedentary behaviour and physical activity lifestyle substitution in older adults. D Ryan, JA Wullems, GK Stebbings, CI Morse, CE Stewart, GL Onambele-Pearson Cardiovascular disease (CVD) incidence is modifiable through lifestyle, including sedentary behaviour (SB) and physical activity (PA). Only 5-12% of older adults (OA) attain the recommended 2.5 hrs·wk -1 of moderate intensity PA (MVPA), accumulated in 10 minute bouts ( 10MVPA) needed to minimise CVD related mortality. Additionally, OA engage in over 9 hrs·day -1 SB 1 , which is an independent risk factor for CVD. The aim of this study was to model the degree to which 44 key cardiometabolic parameters alter with a change in mobility using isotemporal substitution modelling. Ninety-three OA (60 – 89 years) were fitted with a thigh-mounted accelerometer for seven continuous days to measure levels of SB, standing, light-intensity PA (LIPA), sporadic MVPA (sMVPA, accumulated in

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