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Trainees pick up important signals: How discretion helps in leader behavior

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 2 February 2015




This paper aims to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting-edge research and case studies.


This briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the articles in context.


Given the billions of dollars spent by organizations on employee training, it should go without saying that for a return on that investment, employees need the motivation to transfer to the workplace what they have learned. Something else which seems like stating the obvious – but evidently needs constant repetition – is that employees’ attitudes and behaviors are often influenced by the “signals” they pick up from their leaders’ attitudes and behaviors.

Practical implications

The paper provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world’s leading organizations.


The briefing saves busy executives and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy-to-digest format.



Retraction notice

The Publisher wishes to retract the precis article “Trainees pick up important signals: How discretion helps in leader behavior”, published in Development and Learning in Organizations: An International Journal, Vol. 29 No. 2, 2015. It has come to the attention of Emerald Publishing that this precis article contains large sections of unattributed text taken from the original research article “Signaling the importance of training”, by Annette Towler, Aaron Watson, Eric A. Surface, published in Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 29 No. 7, 2014.

Precis articles are intended to summarise original academic research articles for a different audience, and should not include verbatim passages from the original articles. This error occurred due to a miscommunication in the commissioning process.

To avoid any repeated incidents of this nature, Emerald has fully revised its guidelines and briefed its Commissioning Editors. Development and Learning in Organizations: An International Journal sincerely apologises to the original authors and its readers for this error. The original article can be viewed here:


(2015), "Trainees pick up important signals: How discretion helps in leader behavior", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 29 No. 2, pp. 32-34.



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