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Growing leaders in schools and out: building internal capacity for the mid-21st-century

Eleanor Drago-Severson (Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA)
Jessica Blum-DeStefano (Bank Street College of Education, New York, NY, USA)

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 17 January 2020

Issue publication date: 15 April 2020




This article highlights key elements of a developmental approach to leadership development and their promising connections to mid-21st-century capacities.


To do so, the authors draw from more than three decades of mixed-methods and qualitative research, as well as insights from their teaching and consulting with leaders of all kinds about adult development.


Specifically, four critical strategies are highlighted for enhancing collaboration that can help build internal capacity in schools and organizations.


This research shows that building internal capacity in this way can help prepare leaders – and those in their schools and communities – for the complexities and opportunities of mid-21st-century leadership and learning.



Drago-Severson, E. and Blum-DeStefano, J. (2020), "Growing leaders in schools and out: building internal capacity for the mid-21st-century", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 34 No. 2, pp. 49-52.



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