Title: Experience-centric leadership development process: challenges and way forward for organisations in India

Authors: Abinash Panda

Addresses: Organizational Behaviour Area, Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, India

Abstract: Various academic scholars from leadership development discipline have found that experience-centric approach, compared to formal education and training-based approach is more effective for grooming organisational leaders. The world of academe offers plenty of insights on experience-centric leadership development process. In spite of such rich insights, business organisations have stuck to formal training and education-based approach for grooming leaders. This paper has briefly discussed key findings of 'Lessons of Experience, India' (LOEI) study, which offers insights on how leaders in India learn to lead. The author in this paper has proffered a few suggestions to organisations that might help organisations to effectively deal with the challenges an organisation may encounter, while leveraging on the job assignments for leadership development. He has also proposed a few pointers for creating a learning ecosystem that synergistically blends both education and training-based formal and experience-centric informal approaches to groom effective organisational leaders.

Keywords: leadership development; experience-centric leadership development; developmental experiences in India; learning to lead; talent development; grooming organisational leaders.

DOI: 10.1504/IJICBM.2018.088598

International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management, 2018 Vol.16 No.1, pp.99 - 116

Available online: 21 Nov 2017 *

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