Impact dynamics of guidance-based leadership training program

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Abstract

This study investigates the impacts and impact factors of guidance-based leadership training. Guidance-based development methods refer to approaches in which the participants are helped in their own developmental questions without direct expert advice. It seems that there is a lot of potential in guidance-based leadership training to promote individual leadership competence development and personal growth. However, there is still only little research evidence of the impacts and impact factors of guidance-based leadership training. The aim of the study was to produce new scientific knowledge of the impacts and impact factors of guidance-based leadership training. The topic was investigated from the participants' point of view. The study follows the principles of constructive research paradigm. The context of the study was a two-year leadership training program that was based on the systems-­psychodynamic guidance tradition. Longitudinal qualitative data was gathered by interviewing the participants four times during the training program and once after it. The results indicate that the investigated guidance-based leadership training program had an impact on the participants' leadership competences. At deepest the program promoted the participants' growth as human beings and had an impact on their way of being. The study supports earlier findings that the impacts of guidance-based leadership training are individually constructed and process-oriented in nature. The research results emphasize the significance of participants' conscious positive attitude towards the training as well as the participants' active way of working in order to get benefits out of program. The main impact factors of guidance-based leadership training were recognized and their dynamic relations were described. Two models of the impact dynamics were constructed - the process model and the system model. These two models deepen the understanding of the systemic nature of the impact dynamics of guidance-based leadership training. As practical implications the research emphasizes participants' willingness and readiness to reflect one's own leadership experiences and oneself in order to develop personal leadership capacity. For the organizations aiming to develop leadership the study emphasizes the significance of the strong connection between the individual leader development and collective leadership development. Furthermore, the study opens new perspectives to renewal of management education and strengthens understanding how guidance-based approaches can promote individual leader development.
Translated title of the contributionImpact dynamics of guidance-based leadership training program
Original languageFinnish
QualificationDoctor's degree
Awarding Institution
  • Aalto University
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Järvenpää, Eila, Supervising Professor
  • Immonen, Stina, Thesis Advisor
Publisher
Print ISBNs978-952-60-4739-3
Electronic ISBNs978-952-60-4740-9
Publication statusPublished - 2012
MoE publication typeG4 Doctoral dissertation (monograph)

Keywords

  • guidance-based
  • leadership training
  • training impacts
  • impact factors

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