Pub. date: 2007 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952651 | Print ISBN: 9781412924702 | Online ISBN: 9781412952651| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
James W. Smither & Manuel London
Leadership development refers to an individual's preparation for advancement to a level of major responsibility within an organization (chief executive officer, chief operating officer, vice president, managing director) and to the continuous learning of those who already occupy these positions. Preparation may begin early in a person's career through participation in education or training programs (e.g., a several-day or weeklong program delivered at an organization's training center, a university, or a company that specializes in leadership development programs) and initial job experiences (positions and developmental job assignments). Top managers may identify lowerlevel managers who they believe have potential for advancement and place them in fast-track programs in which they are promoted rapidly as they move through a series of line and staff positions in different functions. Organizations may send highpotential managers to development programs that communicate the values and competencies the organization desires in its leaders and give participants a ...