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Transformational Leadership Development Programs: Creating Long-Term Sustainable Change

SAGE HANDBOOK ON TEACHING LEADERSHIP, S. Snook, N. Nohria, and R. Khurana, eds., Forthcoming

INSEAD Working Paper No. 2010/72/EFE/IGLC

32 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2010  

Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries

INSEAD - Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise

Konstantin Korotov

ESMT European School of Management and Technology

Date Written: September 22, 2010

Abstract

Leadership development is not a quick fix. Although many people (including those entering leadership development programs) are impatient for results to materialize, quick-fix solutions put unrealistic expectations on everyone. Gimmicky programs promising supposedly instant results are not what leadership development is all about. In our experience, such programs rarely produce lasting results. Like it or not, developing leaders takes time—it can’t be done overnight. Ironically, although leadership problems may take time to emerge, when it comes to finding solutions many people in the talent development business lose patience. They prefer instant answers and want instant change. But knowing what we know about human development, we should understand that people need time to evolve. Educating leaders is not something that can be achieved by a single event. It is a process.

Keywords: Group Work, 360-degree Assessments, Emotional Intelligence, Reflective Space, Leadership Development, Transformation, Motivational Need Systems, Clinical Paradigm

Suggested Citation

Kets de Vries, Manfred F.R. and Korotov, Konstantin, Transformational Leadership Development Programs: Creating Long-Term Sustainable Change (September 22, 2010). SAGE HANDBOOK ON TEACHING LEADERSHIP, S. Snook, N. Nohria, and R. Khurana, eds., Forthcoming; INSEAD Working Paper No. 2010/72/EFE/IGLC. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1680753

Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries (Contact Author)

INSEAD - Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise ( email )

Fontainebleau Cedex, F-77305
France

Konstantin Korotov

ESMT European School of Management and Technology ( email )

Schlossplatz 1
10117 Berlin
Germany

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