Leader Development in a Natural Context

Gerry Larsson

in The Oxford Handbook of Military Psychology

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195399325
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Leader Development in a Natural Context

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The chapter focuses on leader development that “just happens” as part of the everyday social interaction between a young officer and his or her soldiers, peers, and superiors. The first part summarizes findings from a recent multinational study of military leaders’ development in natural context. Important aspects include observing role models, practical training, receiving feedback, having realistic and challenging exercises, coping with responsibility and changes, being part of the military culture and lifestyle, and taking part in sharp military missions. The second part is more analytical and tries to relate the findings to a theoretical framework; the developmental leadership model. This model can be described as an adaptation of the transformational leadership model to the Scandinavian context. Finally, some implications for planned leadership development efforts are discussed.

Keywords: Leadership; leader development; natural context; developmental leadership; grounded theory

Article.  6100 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Organizational Psychology

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