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An Integrative Approach to Leader Development


This book is a beginning, a first step, in taking leader development in organizations beyond conventional wisdom toward a scientifically sound research-based set of principles and practices. The authors looked beyond their own academic disciplines to bring to bear accumulated wisdom from researchers who have developed well-established and accepted theoretical perspectives on adult development processes in general, then wove in the ideas that have emerged in more targeted research on adult education, development of cognitive skills, identity development, self-regulation, moral and ethical development, and related topics. The authors present an integrative theory that provides a coherent framework for describing an understanding how leader development takes place.

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Table of Contents

Part 1. Overview and Purpose. 1. Introduction. Part 2. Perspectives from Adult Development Literature. 2. Accelerating Leader Development. 3. Leader Development as Adult Development. 4. Understanding Personal Trajectories of Development. Part 3. Fundamental Aspects of Adult Development. 5. Identity Development. 6. Moral Development. 7. Epistemic Cognition, Reflective Judgment, and Critical Reasoning. Part 4. Learning-based Approaches to Leadership. 8. Mental Models: Leadership as a Set of Cognitive Frames. 9. Expertise - Leadership as a Set of Skills. 10. Leader Development Through Learning from Experience. 11. Leadership Development and Teams. Part 5. Integrative Theory of Leader Development. 12. General Overview of Developing the Expert Leader. 13. Identity Processes in Leader Development. 14. Adult Development Processes in Leader Development. Part 6. Future Directions. 15. Research Needs and Practical Implications. References. Appendix A: Glossary of Terms. Appendix B: Measurement Tools.

About the Author

University of Western Australia, Crawley Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Ireland US ARmy Research Institute


The topic of leadership development is both timely and important, and the theoretical directions the authors provide are a new contribution to the field. I really appreciated the new areas the authors brought together from different fields: literature on adult development with literature on morality and ethics with literature on epistemic cognition- a fascinating and informative integration Mary Uhl-Bien, University of Nebraska, Lincoln Many books on leadership have one or two chapters that reflect state-of-the-art-thinking applied to a practical aspect of leadership. However, in this book, every chapter reflects the very highest levels of scholarship. Robert G. Lord, University of Akron

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