Abstracts: August 1st, 2000

Mumford M D, Marks M A, Connelly M S, Zaccaro S J, Reiter-Palmon RLeadership Quarterly, (USA), Spring 2000 Vol 11 No 1

Start page: 87. No of pages: 28

Proposes a model of leadership skill development indicating which particular leadership skills are required during roles undertaken and at certain career stages, assesses the effect of experience on leader skills development. Discusses how skills are acquired and developed, relates this process to training, personal characteristics and career development. Uses data supplied by 1807 US Army officers divided into age, command role and rank. Analyses participant responses to ascertain information on issues such as differences in skill level during a career and at different organizational levels and situations. Identifies that both problem complexity and skill level increase with rank, and that these variations are measurable between junior, mid-level and senior ranks. Reports that problem-solving skill level increased as exposure to problems with multiple components, ill-defined problems, autonomy and diversification increased. Advocates use of the model in assigning appropriate roles to potential leaders for effective management of their career development.

Subject(s): LEADERSHIP, SKILLS, CAREER DEVELOPMENT, PROBLEM SOLVING, DECISION MAKING, PERSONALITY, PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL

Database: TMA: Top Management Abstracts HRMA: Human Resource Management Abstracts

Style: Theoretical with worked example

ISSN: 1048-9843. Reference: 29AN936

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