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An Integrative Approach to Leader Development
Connecting Adult Development, Identity, and Expertise

ISBN 9780415964630
Published August 25, 2008 by Routledge
352 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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.

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David V. Day is the Woodside Professor of Leadership and Management at the University of Western Australia Business School. Since 1999 he has also held the position of Adjunct Research Scientist for the Center for Creative Leadership. Prof. Day has published extensively on the core topics of leadership and leadership development. He serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology, Leadership Quarterly, and Human Resource Management Review and is a Consulting Editor for several other influential journals in the field. Prof. Day is the lead editor on the book, Leader Development for Transforming Organizations: Growing Leaders for Tomorrow (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004) and the author of the publication Succession Planning and Leadership Development: Guidelines for Effective Talent Management (Society for Human Resource Management Foundation, 2007). Prof. Day is a member of the Academy of Management, International Leadership Association, International Association of Applied Psychology, Society of Organizational Behavior, and Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He received his Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology in 1989 from the University of Akron.

Michelle M. Harrison is junior lecturer in Organizational Behavior at the University of Limerick. She received her B.A. from St. Mary's University of Minnesota (2001) and her M.S. from The Pennsylvania State University (2004). In addition to examining the processes of leader development, her research focuses on understanding the influence of leadership on employee well-being at work, including factors such as meaningful work, work-life balance, and creativity.

Dr. Stanley M. Halpin (Stan) has worked for the Department of the Army for 38 years. He is also adjunct member of the faculty of the Graduate School, Kansas State University. For the last twenty-five years he has served as the Chief of the U.S. Army Research Institute‘s research group at Fort Leavenworth, KS. This group, until recently known as the Leader Development Research Unit, has conducted research on the U.S. Army's tactical decision making processes, staff performance, and development of training techniques for decision makers and decision making groups. Over the last few years the Research Unit has extended its research program to address leaders’ interpersonal and team skills as well as cognitive skills. Stan has a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University (1965) and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Purdue University (1970).


"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

"Mindful of the fragmented approaches to developing leaders and leadership, these authors have thoughtfully integrated fields of inquiry (cognitive, social, organizational, developmental and organizational psychology, identity theory, competency/behavior) in one comprehensive well-documented book." - Laura Santana, Center for Creative Leadership in Latin America, Europe, US, and Middle East

"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