Self-Initiated Development of Leadership Capabilities: Toward Establishing the Validity of Key Motivational Constructs and Assessment Tools
Final rept. Oct 2004-Oct 2008
GEORGIA STATE UNIV ATLANTA
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To meet the transformation objectives of the United States Army over the coming decades, the Army must have leaders or potential leaders who continuously pursue development of leadership skills, and who are flexible and adaptable through their involvement in self-initiated development and learning experiences. A key first step in this process is to develop constructs and assessment methods, including a network of related constructs, that would help establish construct validity. In this vein, the goal of this basic research was to initiate development of new constructs and assessment methods that are central to the process of motivating leadership development. The motivation to develop leadership constructs measured in this research is conceptually and empirically distinguishable from other relevant constructs and provides utility above and beyond other existing constructs in relation to leadership development behavior and career success. The Army might explore the use of these measures as diagnostic tools prior to investing in leadership development. To the extent that these measures predict effectiveness in adapting to leadership roles or learning and developing necessary skills, these tools might be used in selection and placement within the Army.
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