Leader Developmental Readiness: Deconstructed and Reconstructed

  • Rebecca J. ReichardEmail author
  • Jason E. Beck
Part of the Annals of Theoretical Psychology book series (AOTP, volume 15)


Individuals high on leader developmental readiness experience the largest gains in leader development outcomes as a result of formal programming or stretch experiences. Leader developmental readiness is a theoretical framework defined by the three pillars of ability to develop, motivation to develop, and a context supportive of development. We deconstruct the three pillars into their parts, some which scholars previously associated with leader developmental readiness and some that we propose as new contributors to the domain of leader development. By doing so, we demonstrate that leader developmental readiness provides a flexible overarching framework for understanding the process of leader development. Finally, we assert that interactions among the three pillars reconstruct leader developmental readiness into a higher order construct predictive of leader development outcomes and ripe for future research.


Leader development Leadership Learning goal orientation Learning culture Metacognition Mindfulness 


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