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Christopher Mabey & Tim Finch-Lees

In: The SAGE Handbook of Human Resource Management

Chapter 11: Management and Leadership Development

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Management and Leadership Development
Management and leadership development

Management and leadership development (MLD) is central to an organization's human resource management (HRM) and a litmus test of the value it places upon its staff. The strategic training and development of managers and leaders is widely regarded as one of four progressive HR policies (Becker and Huselid, 1998). Much of the writing in the arena of MLD is based on a series of causal links which underlie this thinking. The first is that an organization's business and HR strategy will, or at least should, shape the design, style and priority afforded to training and development activities. The second is that these activities, providing they are well delivered and contextualized, will enhance the skills and competencies of managers. ...

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