Leadership Development and the Study of Expertise

  • Gary Ivory
  • Rhonda McClellan


As this book has shown, navigating quandaries is no easy task. In fact, its authors have prompted you to weigh platforms, theories, and leadership skillsets when attempting to do so. You have explored how quandaries require more than a “by-the-book” response and an exercise of current knowledge—they require you to learn beyond your current leadership knowledge. Quandaries hold the promise of developing leaders. If quandaries have this potential, how do you unlock it? In this chapter, we call attention to three levels of leadership expertise. We also maintain that there are four psychological processes that can support your pursuit of leader expertise: identity, self-efficacy, self-regulation, and goal orientation.


Leader development Expertise Leader identity Self-regulatory processes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gary Ivory
    • 1
  • Rhonda McClellan
    • 2
  1. 1.New Mexico State UniversityLas CrucesUSA
  2. 2.University of Central ArkansasConwayUSA

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