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What Is Experience-Driven Leader Development?

Individuals broaden and deepen their leadership capabilities as they do leadership work. In fact, there are good reasons to believe that learning from experience is the number one way that leader development happens. Yet this number one driver of learning gets the least attention in our leader development systems.
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The idea for this site was born as a group of colleagues shaped and edited two unique but related books—books that capture what individuals and organizations are doing to make better use of experience to develop leadership talent.
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Ideas That Work

Now there are two resources to help you enhance experience-driven leader development in your organization or community. Experience-Driven Leader Development is a collection of 82 tools, techniques, processes, and other practical resources from leadership development professionals published by Wiley in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership. Using Experience to Develop Leadership Talent, a volume in the SIOP Professional Practice Series, offers an in depth look at talent management systems and leader development initiatives in organizations that are putting experience at the heart of leadership development.
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Latest Blog Posts

  • June 30, 2016
    Choosing a Developmental Assignment

    What are all the factors that you should consider in matching one of your direct reports with a developmental assignment? That’s the question I want leaders to ponder as they work in small groups to review the case of a manager who needs to decide which of three assignments would be best for developing a […]

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  • May 27, 2016
    For the Sake of What?

    As we climb the ladder of success, let’s make sure it is leaning against the right building. My reflection on the pursuit of success began in a hallway when a colleague grumbled, “I-O psychologists and HR professionals have done nothing to make organizations better!” After much discussion, we agreed, I-O psychologists haven’t changed the direction […]

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  • April 29, 2016
    Linking Developmental Experiences to Strategy

    A recent post on the original key developmental events research got me thinking about how people in organizations end up with the opportunity to have capability-building experiences. It’s true that ongoing research has brought increasing clarity to the kinds of events that build capability such as high-visibility project assignments, managing a larger scope, influencing without […]

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