Developing Leadership Talent
Delivering on the Promise of Structured Programs
Jay A. Conger
It has long been argued that most organizations suffer from a shortage of leadership talent. As a result, a broad range of formal initiatives has appeared over the past two decades to address this dilemma. That said, most managers believe they learn leadership best on the job (McCall, Lombardo, & Morrison, 1988) through work assignments. This belief is due in part to the haphazard and sporadic deployment of formal leadership development initiatives (Ready & Conger, 2003). Many organizations commit limited time and resources to formal leadership development initiatives. Training for managers may be only a few days a year. In some organizations, ...