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Experiences that develop leadership capabilities

Boak, George and Crabbe, Sarah (2018) Experiences that develop leadership capabilities. Leadership & Organization Development Journal.

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Abstract

The research question answered by this paper is: What recent experiences – other than undertaking training and development programmes - do mature managers and professionals regard as important for their development as leaders?
A survey was issued to mature managers and professionals, asking them to rate the contribution of certain experiences to their recent development of leadership capabilities, and to provide qualitative data on the most important experiences.
The experience that was rated most highly in developing leadership capabilities was ‘Tackling a significant challenge or challenges’, followed by ‘Taking, or contributing to, major decisions’, and then by ‘Taking on new responsibilities’. Controlled interventions such as coaching/mentoring, appraisal feedback and temporary new responsibilities were awarded relatively low ratings.
The sample was drawn from graduates of an executive master’s degree, who are likely to have positive attitudes to self-development and to learning from experience.
The findings can be used to help mature leaders, and those who facilitate leadership development, to identify and use experiences that may develop leadership capabilities.
There are few recent studies on the kinds of experiences that are perceived to develop leadership capabilities of mature managers and professionals.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Emerald in Leadership & Organization Development Journal on 18/10/2018, available online: https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/LODJ-07-2018-0254
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/LODJ-07-2018-0254
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
School/Department: York Business School
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3486

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