Leading with Support: The Role of Social Support for Positive and Negative Events in Leader Development

  • Courtney L. GosnellEmail author
Part of the Annals of Theoretical Psychology book series (AOTP, volume 15)


Major areas of focus within past work on leader development center on aspects of one’s own identity and self-awareness, one’s ability to grow, change, and adapt to new situations, and development of the necessary skills and competencies needed to lead. There has been some discussion of the importance of social networks or relationships, but an understanding of the unique ways in which various types of social support received (and provided) within those relationships may contribute to leader development has not been fully examined. Here, I explore past work on social support to illustrate the unique ways in which support given and received for both positive and negative events may help develop leaders, as support communicates acceptance and affirmation and provides important outside perspectives.


Social support Relationships Leader Development Social networks Acceptance Affirmation Motivation Self-awareness Change 


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  1. 1.Pace UniversityNew YorkUSA

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