Main principles and practices in leader development

Micha Popper
2005 Leadership & Organization Development Journal  
Purpose -Aims to present a conceptual framework for understanding how leaders develop. Design/methodology/approach -The arguments are derived from the assumption that leadership, like many other human manifestations, is a function of a given potential, relevant motivation, and ongoing developmental processes. It is argued that three developmental psychological principles are essential for leaders' development, i.e. experiential learning, vicarious learning, and the suitability of certain
more » ... y of certain developmental aspects to relevant critical periods. Findings -These developmental principles, along with Schon's modalities of learning and reflections ("follow me", "joint investigation" and "hall of mirrors"), serve as a conceptual framework for discussing main implications and practices related to developing leaders. Originality/value -Leaders' development is a process that occurs continuously in an organization. Many organizations attempt to confine it artificially to courses and supplementary training. This limits the range of developmental possibilities, since leadership experiences and vicarious learning take place all the time over a broad range throughout the organization.
doi:10.1108/01437730510575598 fatcat:tbliib42lnaonmykqwomc2xdz4