Deconstructing Leader Development: An Introduction

  • Matthew G. ClarkEmail author
Part of the Annals of Theoretical Psychology book series (AOTP, volume 15)


Leader development is a topic that is addressed in various academic forums where numerous disciplines, many of which are behavioral sciences, attempt to claim topic ownership. However, the understanding of leader development is incomplete and there is a clear practical demand in education and business. Accordingly, in this volume the purpose is to have academics bring their expertise and theoretical perspectives from other behavioral sciences to the topic of leader development, thus expanding the network of ideas on this important topic. In the end, by “deconstructing” leader development into areas that are important for leaders, albeit incompletely addressed elsewhere in literature, this publication will be useful to academic researchers, educators, and practitioners as the primary audience. The identification of gaps will inform researchers as they examine capability shortfalls and the limits of our understanding of this topic since it cuts across disciplines. Educators will be able to use the concepts and theories proposed in the volume to develop engaging academic programs, regardless of discipline, that will help challenge and grow leaders across disciplines in their respective educational programs. Finally, practitioners like executive coaches can use the theories and examples proposed to advise clients on important elements of leader development and how they can affect change in growing leaders. The volume is organized around the ideas of Lewin and Bandura to address the person, behavior, and environment, which also serves as a useful heuristic for those involved in the process of deconstructing leader development.


Leader Leadership Development Growth Organizational change Personality Readiness Intelligence Biology Courage Followership Trust Skill Competence Virtue Character Guided inquiry Behavior Education Law enforcement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Northeastern UniversityBostonUSA

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