Developing leaders via experience: the role of developmental challenge, learning orientation, and feedback availability.

  title={Developing leaders via experience: the role of developmental challenge, learning orientation, and feedback availability.},
  author={D. Scott DeRue and Ned Wellman},
  journal={The Journal of applied psychology},
  volume={94 4},
Prior research offers limited insight into the types of work experiences that promote leadership skill development and the ways that the person and context shape the developmental value of these experiences. In this article, the authors develop a series of hypotheses linking leadership skill development to features of the experience (developmental challenge), person (learning orientation), and context (feedback availability). Based on 225 on-the-job experiences across 60 managers, their results… 

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