Developing Leaders via Experience: The Role of Developmental Challenge, Learning Orientation, and Feedback Availability

D. Scott DeRue, Ned Wellman

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)859-875
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume94
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • experience
  • feedback
  • leadership
  • leadership development
  • learning orientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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