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The Center for Creative Leadership Handbook of Leadership Development, Third Edition by Marian N. Ruderman, Ellen Van Velsor, Cynthia D. McCauley

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Preface

This handbook summarizes and integrates much of what the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) has come to understand about leadership development. As with earlier editions, working on this third edition has helped CCL clarify and integrate our knowledge and perspectives.

As an institution, CCL has devoted much of its energy and resources to understanding how to create better leadership in and for the world. We have approached this task from both research and practice perspectives; that is, we have tried to study the processes of leadership development systematically, intervene in those processes, and develop and test new ones. In almost forty years of work, we have gained a wealth of knowledge; created leader and leadership development models, tools, and programs; and had a positive impact on individuals and organizations worldwide. This handbook consolidates our current thinking about the how-to of leadership development.

We have written this book for people in organizations who design and implement development processes. In many organizations, this responsibility belongs to human resource (HR) and training professionals. But more and more, others (line managers and school and nonprofit leaders, for example) are playing an increasingly active role in the development of leadership capacity in organizations. Although we have HR professionals in mind as our primary audience, our hope is that anyone who wants to be more sophisticated in their practice of leadership development ...

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