Measuring the effectiveness of leadership development programs in dynamic environments

Elizabeth King, Paul Nesbit

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This study reviewed the effectiveness of a Leadership Development Program (LDP) conducted within an organization with a unique charter and few parallels of environmental complexity and internal change - a dynamic environment. The measurement process was delayed, dynamic and reflective; involving 30 semi-structured interviews. Evaluation outcomes were contrasted with feedback provided through the traditional immediate, static, evaluative measurement process. The measurement process identified positive behavioural and/or cognitive changes in over two-thirds of the interviewees and increased reflective skills in many. These evaluations highlighted the same issues uncovered in the traditional evaluation but also identified significant learning and personal development outcomes involving changes in the participants’ leadership mindset, perspective and attitude. Thus the delayed, dynamic reflective evaluation process provided a more complete understanding of the effectiveness of the LDP and better captured the learning and change involved. As evaluation methods underlie investment decisions, a more complete understanding of outcomes achieved through LDP’s may improve the quality of decision-making and ultimately impact on the specific leadership behaviours that are crucial to organizations as they strive to navigate dynamic environments. Evaluation outcomes ultimately determine the content of leadership development programs and therefore evaluation methods impact on foundation practice for sustainable leadership; continuous people development, (Avery & Bergsteiner, 2011.)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199
Number of pages1
JournalThe 2012 European Academic Conference & Mediterranean cruise program
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventEuropean Academic Conference - Rome
Duration: 6 Jun 201217 Jun 2012

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