Innovation in leadership development

Didier Gonin, Uwe Napiersky, Jorgen Thorsell

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In the light of the financial crisis and the radically changed conditions in the market place, international leadership development is facing new demands. The Danish-based International Leadership Institute Mannaz has researched the new conditions in collaboration with the Institute of Executive Development in the United States.
The research, conducted in 2008 and 2009, combines, in an innovative way, quantitative and qualitative inputs, from both current and future perspectives, from some 111 senior Corporate Executives, Heads of Human Resources and of Learning and Organisational Development in large international corporations headquartered in Europe and the United States; together with the thoughts of some 50 experienced practitioners involved in executive coaching as well as in designing, developing and facilitating leadership development programmes. Also we include a section summarising the key findings from recently published research from other leadership development surveys. Conclusions reveal that the crisis has propelled a long-awaited decline of the traditional classroom-based educational approach to leadership development. Instead, effective leadership development is suggested to build on experiential learning approaches rooted in real life, real time and allowing for more immediate impact and providing for considerably higher relevance and motivation. Coaching, leaders teaching leaders, stretch assignments, action learning, peer networking, customer insights and selective use of technology are seen as important contributors to the leadership development process going forward.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in global leadership
EditorsWilliam H. William, Ming Li, Ying Wang
Place of PublicationBingley (UK)
Number of pages61
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-85724-468-0
ISBN (Print)978-0-85724-467-3, 0-85724-467-1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2011

Publication series

NameAdvances in global leadership
ISSN (Print)1535-1203


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