Journal article

Fired Up or Burned Out? How Developmental Challenge Differentially Impacts Leader Behavior

Stephen H Courtright, Amy E Colbert, Daejeong Choi

Journal of Applied Psychology | AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOC | Published : 2014


Leadership development research has largely drawn on experiential and enactive learning theories to explore the positive effects of developmental challenge on leaders. In contrast, we examined potential positive and negative effects of developmental challenge (i.e., challenging job assignments) on leader behavior through an alternative theoretical lens--transactional stress theory. We predicted, on one hand, that developmental challenge may be associated with higher leader engagement and transformational leadership behavior; however, developmental challenge also has the potential to be associated with higher leader emotional exhaustion and laissez-faire leadership behavior. We further propos..

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