Factors influencing leadership development in an uncertain environment

Majd Megheirkouni (Tishreen University, Latakia, Syria)

Journal of Management Development

ISSN: 0262-1711

Publication date: 14 November 2016



The purpose of this paper is to understand the factors influencing leadership development (LD). It responds to the following question: what are the factors influencing the phenomenon of LD in the Syrian context.


A qualitative research method has been adopted, using face-to-face interviews with leaders in middle and top management.


The findings revealed that there are two types of factor influencing LD: determinant factors to LD and influencing factors on the application of LD.

Research limitations/implications

Research data has been conducted in an unstable environment because of what is called the Arab Spring, so data were collected only from for-profit sector companies that presented more flexibility for participation than state and non-profit sector organisations.

Practical implications

The paper explored two different types of factors influencing LD: factors influencing the application of LD, and factors determining LD. This helps designers of LD programmes and companies operating in Syrian context to differentiate between these two factors.


The study offers data and interpretation on factors influencing LD in a specific context on which foundation further studies in the Middle Eastern context can be developed.



Megheirkouni, M. (2016), "Factors influencing leadership development in an uncertain environment", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 35 No. 10, pp. 1232-1254. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMD-07-2016-0128

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