Leadership formation: Interpreting experience

Paul Hibbert, Nic Beech, Frank Siedlok

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    In this essay, we look at leadership development differently by showing how three aspects of philosophical hermeneutics-focused on accumulating experience of interpretation, engaging in dialogue, and interpreting experience-connect with insights from the leadership development literature and lead to principles for a process of leadership formation. The process we describe explains how formation: extends historically through connection with traditions; involves processes of careful, situated dialogic engagement; and encompasses aesthetic engagement with experience in each event of interpretation. Building on these insights, we derive practical implications for educational policy and practice and develop theoretical implications for leadership development debates.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)603-622
    Number of pages20
    JournalAcademy of Management Learning and Education
    Issue number4
    Early online date20 Feb 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


    • leadership
    • leadership development
    • formation
    • philosohical hermeneutics
    • experiential learning
    • interpretation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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