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ERIC Number: EJ912760
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 137
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9010
Developing Leaders via Experience: The Role of Developmental Challenge, Learning Orientation, and Feedback Availability
DeRue, D. Scott; Wellman, Ned
Journal of Applied Psychology, v94 n4 p859-875 Jul 2009
Prior research offers limited insight into the types of work experiences that promote leadership skill development and the ways that the person and context shape the developmental value of these experiences. In this article, the authors develop a series of hypotheses linking leadership skill development to features of the experience (developmental challenge), person (learning orientation), and context (feedback availability). Based on 225 on-the-job experiences across 60 managers, their results demonstrate that the relationship between developmental challenge and leadership skill development exhibits a pattern of diminishing returns. However, access to feedback can offset the diminishing returns associated with high levels of developmental challenge. (Contains 1 footnote, 8 tables, and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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