Experience-Driven Leader Development: Models, Tools, Best Practices, and Advice for On-the-Job Development

  • 10h 26m
  • Cynthia D. McCauley, D. Scott DeRue, Paul R. Yost, Sylvester Taylor
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2014

Experience-Driven Leader Development offers a wealth of best practices that clearly demonstrate how organizations can use on-the-job experiences to enhance their leadership talent. Co-published with the acclaimed Center for Creative Leadership, this important book includes the tools, techniques, processes, and other practical resources that can help professionals tap into the developmental power of work experiences.

Edited by Cynthia McCauley, Scott DeRue, Paul Yost, and Sylvester Taylor—all experts in leadership development—Experience-Driven Leader Development is written for practitioners by practitioners with contributions from such forward-thinking organizations as GE, Microsoft, and HEINEKEN. The book contains a wide range of strategies that enable individuals and organizations to make better use of experience for leader development including:

  • Create Developmental Experiences: Shows how targeted developmental opportunities can be crafted through cross-functional experiences, special assignments, strategic projects, and corporate volunteerism.
  • Empower Self-Directed Learning: Explains what organizations can make available to motivate and support learning as leaders engage in challenging experiences.
  • Shape HR Practices: Reveals how typical human resource practices (succession management, development planning, and performance management) can encourage and support experience-based learning.
  • Formal Training and Development: Includes tactics for integrating real-world and classroom experiences and for using formal programs to prepare leaders to make better use of experience for development.
  • Embed Experience-Driven Development in the Organization: Offers strategies and advice for gaining traction in organizations for on-the-job development and encouraging widespread recognition of its value.

About the Authors

Cynthia McCauley is a senior fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is co-editor of The Center for Creative Leadership Handbook of Leadership Development and has been an active contributor for many years to the field of on-the-job leader development.

Scott DeRue is a management professor and director of the leadership initiative at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Reported by CNN/Money to be one of the top forty business school professors under the age of forty, DeRue conducts research and teaches in the areas of leadership and team development.

Paul Yost is an associate professor of industrial-organizational psychology at Seattle Pacific University and principle and founder of Yost & Associates, Inc. He has worked at Microsoft, Boeing, GEICO, and Battelle Research in a variety of roles, including executive assessment, leadership development, and human resource research.

Sylvester Taylor is a director in the Research, Innovation, and Product Development Group at the Center for Creative Leadership. He has more than twenty years of experience researching, designing, and implementing leadership development initiatives, primarily helping organizations gain value from organizational and multi-rater feedback.

In this Book

  • Equipping Employees to Pursue Developmental Experiences
  • Leveraging Existing Experiences for Learning
  • Creating New Developmental Experience
  • Organizing Frameworks
  • Learning Strategies and Tactics
  • Reflection and Retention
  • Learning Communities and Support
  • Selection and On-Boarding
  • Managers as Developers
  • Performance Management
  • Training, Development, and Beyond
  • Action Learning
  • Succession Management
  • Frameworks for Assessing Organizations
  • Designing Tools for Widespread Use
  • Influencing Organizational Leaders
  • Solutions to Specific Obstacles
  • Conclusion


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