By Greg Kesler and Amy Kates
in 2009 Pfeiffer Annual: Leadership Development
Edited by David Dotlich

Leadership development is predominantly a matter of giving the right people the right experiences at the right time. Doing this well is difficult, which is why companies that have effective leadership development practices benefit from a competitive advantage. Some companies are actively incorporating experience paths into their talent review and development process in order to build future senior leaders. Implementing a new organization design inside the corporation is one way to provide a “managed experience” to accelerate the growth of high-potential general management candidates. The challenges of leading change through complex organization transitions provide exceptional leadership development opportunities. In this article, a framework is provided for structuring such experiences and a short case story illustrates these practices.

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