Leadership styles and skills developed through game-based learning



Game-based learning (GBL) as a universal approach to developing leadership skills have been winning attention
from researchers and practitioners. There are numerous studies which support the positive effects of games on
learning and knowledge development; however, more research is needed regarding how games may influence
development of leadership skills. This paper examines recent literature regarding game-based learning influence
in leadership skills development and if new leadership styles can emerge during a collaborative gaming process.
The research questions were: 1) what were the leadership skills developed, during a GBL course? Moreover, 2)
what kind of leadership styles emerge in the gaming context? The methodological approach was quantitative and
also qualitative, privileging the interpretative approach and the primary technique used was content analysis
from the forums of discussion of 8 GBL courses with 15 participants in each course summing a total of 120
individuals and also factor analysis based on data collected by a questionnaire about the leadership skills developed,
and which conducted to the identification of the leadership styles. The findings suggest that a gamebased
learning approach is an effective approach to leadership skills development and the primary skills developed
were: motivation, facilitation, coaching, mindset changing, and communication. The significant originality
of the research was the analogy process between the games situations and the organisational life resulting
on the creation of a leadership typology.


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Journal of Business Research (online), Vol. 94, #1, pp. 360-366 2019


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