Interest in Leadership development is strong in many organizations. Nonetheless, there is conceptual confusion regarding distinctions between leader and leadership development, as well as the disconnect between the practice of leadership development and its scientific foundation. At Millennium Management Solutions, we approach the field of leadership development through three contextual lenses.
- Understanding the difference between leader development and leadership development (conceptual context).
- Reviewing how state of the art development is being conducted in the context of ongoing organizational work (practice context).
- summarizing previous research that has implications for leadership development (research context). The overall purpose is to bridge the practice and science of leadership development by showing the importance of building both human and social capital in organizations. Specific tools that are utilized include 360-degree Feedback and executive coaching, mentoring, networking, job assignments and action learning. Specific approaches are framed in terms of a general need to link leader development, which is primarily based upon enhancing human capital, with leadership development that emphasizes the creation of social capital in organizations.