Creating Transformational Executive Education Programs (2007)

Manfred Kets de Vries, Konstantin Korotov

"Executive programs for long-term leadership development"

This essay describes the design of transformational executive programs in the long-term development of leaders, suggesting that being more deliberate and focused on leadership development requires revisiting traditional views of students’ expectations, curricula and pedagogies. A transformational program presupposes a change in behavior of the attending executive so that the latter becomes more effective in personal or organisational change. Five major challenges in program design are also examined: selecting participants; identifying the focal issue on which participants need to work; the creation of a safe transitional space that enables the change process; using the group dynamic to foster transformation and to arrive at internalization of the change process; and the educational implications for faculty, facilitators, and coaches.

Academy of Management, Learning &Development, 2007

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