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Evolving Leaders: A Model for Promoting Leadership Development in Programs by Wilfred H. Drath, Charles J. Palus

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Appendix BExample of One Concept of Stages of Development

XYZ is a manufacturing company operating worldwide. (We have disguised identifying details.) Several years ago the CEO decided to send its top levels of management through the Center’s Leadership Development Program (LDP). The first author of this report has been involved in a study of this use of LDP in the context of all of XYZ’s organization-development processes. Here we briefly present that case in light of our model.

The development of the leaders within XYZ can be described as a progression of developmental stages. We call those stages Dependency, Independency, and Interdependency; these are roughly consistent with (in order) Stage 3, Stage 4, and Stage 5 described by Kegan (1982). ...

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