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Publication date: 9 August 2022

Kevin S. Groves and Ann E. Feyerherm

Unprecedented transformations to the nature of work and organizations are compelling leadership and organization development scholars and practitioners to reexamine the…

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Purpose

Unprecedented transformations to the nature of work and organizations are compelling leadership and organization development scholars and practitioners to reexamine the relevance and utility existing models of leadership potential. While there exist several published leadership potential models, the range and intensity of environmental forces fundamentally changing the nature of work and organizations demands a revision of leadership potential. The purpose of this study is to develop a leadership potential model that reflects the current and emerging nature of work and leadership challenges while also providing organizations a practical tool for talent review processes, succession planning and leadership development practices.

Design/methodology/approach

This article presents a field study consisting of semistructured interviews with 45 leaders engaged in a highly complex, volatile and uncertain industry: US healthcare.

Findings

Our results illustrate a dynamic two-dimensional model of leadership potential that comprises both cognitive (analytical aptitude and learning agility) and behavioral (people savvy and leadership capability) competencies operating across micro- and macro-levels of influence.

Practical implications

The article concludes with a series of recommendations for how leadership and organization development professionals, executive teams and boards may utilize the model for leader assessment and selection practices, talent review and succession planning and talent development initiatives.

Originality/value

The proposed model of leadership potential offers several advancements to the field's existing theoretical frameworks. The proposed model highlights the criticality of competencies aligned with the changing nature of work, including collaboration skills, divergent thinking, environmental scanning and evaluating data in ambiguous contexts. The model diverges from the existing theory by establishing leader drive as a motivation to serve others and initiate sustainable changes in business operations.

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Leadership & Organization Development Journal, vol. 43 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-7739

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Article
Publication date: 6 February 2009

Mary Pat McEnrue, Kevin S. Groves and Winny Shen

The purpose of this paper is to examine the separate and combined effects of three individual characteristics on training gains achieved in a leadership development…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the separate and combined effects of three individual characteristics on training gains achieved in a leadership development program designed to enhance participants' emotional intelligence (EI). The overall purpose was to test heretofore untested propositions advanced by various theorists concerning the impact of openness to experience (OE), self‐efficacy (SE), and receptivity to feedback (RF) on training outcomes.

Design/methodology/approach

This empirical study utilized a sample of 135 fully‐employed business students in a treatment/control group research design.

Findings

The findings suggest that leadership development professionals will likely derive differential EI training gains depending upon participants' status across several variables. Receptivity to feedback was directly associated with EI training gains while the SE‐RF and SE‐OE interactions were predictors of EI training gains.

Practical implications

The results hold implications for organizations that seek to enhance the EI of leaders both effectively and efficiently. The application of these findings to a range of leadership development practices and to training efforts that focus on other competencies are discussed.

Research implications

The paper connects EI to one of the major challenges facing leaders and leadership development professionals in the future: managing change and offers recommendations regarding research on other factors that are likely to optimize results achieved through efforts to develop the EI of leaders.

Originality/value

This is the first study to investigate the impact of these three individual characteristics on training gains achieved. The paper's findings suggest that some individuals are better candidates for EI training and presents a method to identify them.

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Journal of Management Development, vol. 28 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0262-1711

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Article
Publication date: 8 February 2008

Kevin S. Groves, Mary Pat McEnrue and Winny Shen

The purpose of this study is to empirically test whether it is possible to deliberately develop emotional intelligence (EI) as conceptualized in the Mayer and Salovey model.

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Purpose

The purpose of this study is to empirically test whether it is possible to deliberately develop emotional intelligence (EI) as conceptualized in the Mayer and Salovey model.

Design/methodology/approach

This empirical study utilized a sample of 135 fully‐employed business students in a treatment/control group research design in which treatment group participants underwent an intensive 11‐week EI training program. Additional samples of 270 and 130 fully employed business students were utilized to develop an EI measure appropriate for EI development.

Findings

The results indicate that EI can be deliberately developed; the treatment group demonstrated statistically significant overall EI gains and across each EI dimension, while the control group did not show any significant pre‐/post‐test differences.

Practical implications

In addition to illustrating EI training best practices, a new EI measure is described that is appropriate for leadership development.

Research limitations/implications

Research implications are discussed for the role of EI training in leadership development programs and fertile research directions for EI training.

Originality/value

Emotional intelligence training has emerged into a popular and lucrative field, but empirical evidence on the deliberate development of EI has been substantially more elusive. This study provides an empirical EI training study that overcomes the conceptual and methodological limitations of extant research on the EI development process.

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Journal of Management Development, vol. 27 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0262-1711

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Article
Publication date: 5 August 2014

John E. Ettlie, Kevin S. Groves, Charles M. Vance and George L. Hess

The purpose of this paper is to validate cognitive style (i.e. linear, nonlinear, and balanced thinking) with innovation intentions and behaviors. It was hypothesized that…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to validate cognitive style (i.e. linear, nonlinear, and balanced thinking) with innovation intentions and behaviors. It was hypothesized that a balanced linear/nonlinear thinking style and the inclination toward more innovative intentions are strongly related.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey questionnaire of business students in the USA and France was employed. Formally validated measures of thinking style and innovation were replicated in this project.

Findings

The results of an analysis of 186 respondents found a significant, direct relationship between balanced thinking style and innovative intention and behavior measures.

Research limitations/implications

The results demonstrate that cognitive style and innovation are related, but the direct validation of actual innovative behaviors, in situ, needs to be included in the next step of this research stream. Further, the composition of groups can also be evaluated using these measures.

Practical implications

This is the first successful attempt to validate cognitive style measures with innovation outcome measures. These measures are now available for organizational testing, field research, and assessing team composition.

Originality/value

This is one of the first criterion-validity assessments of a cognitive measure related to linear and nonlinear thinking style. There are two important implications of these results. First, the authors now have a better understanding of one the links between cognition and innovation. Second, the authors have established a solid base for future research on this subject, including the importance of this effect in practice.

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European Journal of Innovation Management, vol. 17 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1460-1060

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Article
Publication date: 27 March 2007

Kevin S. Groves

Organizations often fail to utilize managerial personnel effectively for leadership development and succession planning systems, and many execute these critical practices…

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Purpose

Organizations often fail to utilize managerial personnel effectively for leadership development and succession planning systems, and many execute these critical practices through separate human resource functions that shift the responsibility for leadership development away from line managers. The purpose of this article is to present a best practices model for optimal development of the leadership pipeline and a series of practical recommendations for organizations.

Design/methodology/approach

A group of 30 CEOs and human resource executives across 15 best practice organizations were asked via semi‐structured interviews to describe the content and delivery of their respective organizations' leadership development and succession planning practices.

Findings

Analysis of interview data indicated that best practice organizations effectively integrate leadership development and succession planning systems by fully utilizing managerial personnel in developing the organization's mentor network, identifying and codifying high potential employees, developing high potentials via project‐based learning experiences and manager‐facilitated workshops, establishing a flexible and fluid succession planning process, creating organization‐wide forums for exposing high potential employees to multiple stakeholders, and establishing a supportive organizational culture.

Research limitations/implications

The interview data are drawn from a relatively small number of executives and from a single industry, which may limit the overall utility of the findings.

Originality/value

This study offers needed empirical support for the value of integrating leadership development and succession planning practices through utilization of managerial personnel. Management development practitioners will benefit from assessing their respective organizations' current practices vis‐à‐vis those discussed here, while scholars may utilize the best practices model for generating further research on the role of managerial personnel in talent management systems.

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Journal of Management Development, vol. 26 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0262-1711

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Article
Publication date: 1 October 2006

Kevin S. Groves

This study set out to empirically investigate the direct effects of leader emotional expressivity on visionary leadership, as well as the moderating effect of leader…

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Purpose

This study set out to empirically investigate the direct effects of leader emotional expressivity on visionary leadership, as well as the moderating effect of leader emotional expressivity on the relationship between visionary leadership and organizational change magnitude.

Design/methodology/approach

Cross‐sectional data from 108 senior organizational leaders and 325 of their direct followers were collected from 64 organizations across numerous industries. Leaders completed measures of emotional expressivity and organizational change magnitude, while followers provided ratings of visionary leadership, leadership effectiveness, and organizational change magnitude.

Findings

Consistent with expectations, leader emotional expressivity was strongly related to visionary leadership, while leader emotional expressivity moderated the relationship between visionary leadership and organizational change magnitude. Visionary leaders with high emotional expressivity skills facilitated the greatest organizational changes in their respective organizations.

Research limitations/implications

The cross‐sectional research design precludes causal conclusions among the variables of interest, and also suggests the possibility of reverse causality such that perceptions of organizational change may have influenced ratings of visionary leadership.

Practical implications

Managerial selection, promotion, and development practices would benefit from focused assessments of senior leaders' emotional communication and visionary leadership skills.

Originality/value

While prior research includes mostly laboratory studies that manipulate visionary leadership and emotional expressiveness using trained actors, the present study examined a diverse range of senior leaders and their followers from numerous organizations. Addressing a neglected stream of research, findings also demonstrate much needed support for the interactive effects of emotional expressivity and visionary leadership on organizational change magnitude.

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Leadership & Organization Development Journal, vol. 27 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-7739

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Article
Publication date: 2 September 2014

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

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Purpose

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

Design/methodology/approach

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

Findings

In a study to validate cognitive style (i.e. linear, nonlinear and balanced thinking) with innovative intentions and behaviors, it was found that a balanced linear/nonlinear thinking style was strongly related toward more innovative intentions. Results found a significant, direct relationship between balanced thinking style and innovative intention and behavior measures.

Practical implications

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

Originality/value

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.

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Strategic Direction, vol. 30 no. 10
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0258-0543

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Book part
Publication date: 19 September 2019

Utpal Dholakia

The dominant worldview among marketers is one of technology optimism, which holds that technological advances influence consumers and businesses in positive ways. In…

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The dominant worldview among marketers is one of technology optimism, which holds that technological advances influence consumers and businesses in positive ways. In direct contrast to this perspective, I advance the thesis that at the organizational frontlines where marketers interact with consumers by observing, informing, persuading, negotiating and co-creating with, and entertaining them, technology commonly produces unforeseen and unexpected effects on consumers with significant negative implications for marketers. The result is Adverse Technology-Consumer Interactions (ATCIs). Marketing practitioners play an instrumental role in producing and exacerbating ATCIs. Yet, I argue they have few incentives to fully investigate the underlying reasons, understand their scope, or find solutions to these potentially troublesome phenomena. Academic researchers, however, are uniquely poised to identify ATCIs, investigate them in depth by considering their industry-wide and society-wide import, develop appropriate theoretical frameworks, and design and test solutions to alleviate their effects. I develop these ideas by considering two ATCIs, falling response rates to customer surveys and customer reactance to frequent price changes. I also point out promising research opportunities for both these phenomena.

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Marketing in a Digital World
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78756-339-1

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Article
Publication date: 8 April 2014

Miriam Y. Lacey and Kevin Groves

The purpose of this paper is to reveal the unintended effects of talent management (TM) practices on employees excluded from high potential (HiPo) programs. Excluding the…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to reveal the unintended effects of talent management (TM) practices on employees excluded from high potential (HiPo) programs. Excluding the majority of employees from the numerous developmental benefits and privileges of HiPo programs runs contrary to the ideals of corporate social responsibility (CSR), an increasingly common espoused value of organizations. This paper discusses the inadvertent hypocrisy of organizations seeking to demonstrate CSR actions for their employees while simultaneously barring the vast majority of employees access to targeted development opportunities. While many organizations are proud of developing exemplary TM systems and executing effective CSR initiatives, further analysis suggests an inherent incompatibility between these approaches as commonly practiced. This paper concludes with a discussion of possible solutions to ameliorate the disconnect between exclusionary TM practices and CSR outcomes.

Design/methodology/approach

Through the theoretical lens of organizational justice, the paper critically reviews relevant research on the impact of TM policies and practices on CSR initiatives. To spur further interest from scholars and practitioners, the paper offers responses to the following questions: What is the usual array of TM practices? What is the organization's social responsibility to its workforce at large and to individual employees? With resources devoted to developing HiPo talent, what is the organization's social responsibility to those in the ranks who have not been identified as HiPo?

Findings

The critical review revealed that organizations seeking to simultaneously pursue TM best practices and CSR initiatives must tackle several fundamental issues, including expanding employee access to HiPo programs, enhancing the HiPo selection processes via greater emphasis on lead indicators of HiPo, and improving rater reliability across assessment tools. The paper concludes with practical suggestions to ameliorate the unintended consequences of disparate treatment of employees by creating a permeable boundary for broader employee inclusion in HiPo programs.

Originality/value

The literature is remarkably deficient in research addressing the effects of TM practices on employees who are excluded from leadership development opportunities, and the resulting implications for CSR outcomes. Given the rapidly growing importance of CSR initiatives for many organizations, research on the impact of TM policies and practices is sorely needed. This paper addresses an important gap in the research literature on the unintended consequences of disparate treatment of employees and offers practical suggestions for more inclusive leadership development systems.

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Journal of Management Development, vol. 33 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0262-1711

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Article
Publication date: 29 June 2021

Hussein Ismail, Miriam El Irani and Kevin Sevag Kertechian

The main purpose of this study was to test whether green human resource management (GHRM) practices affect employee nongreen outcomes through the mediation of perceived…

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Purpose

The main purpose of this study was to test whether green human resource management (GHRM) practices affect employee nongreen outcomes through the mediation of perceived visionary leadership.

Design/methodology/approach

A sample of 144 Lebanese employees from the construction industry took part in this study. Multiple regression and bootstrapping methods were employed in the analysis of the data.

Findings

GHRM was found to influence organizational pride and organizational citizenship behavior positively via visionary leadership. The results highlight the importance of implementing GHRM as a strategy to achieve environmental sustainability and enhance employee behaviors.

Originality/value

This is one of the first studies to explore the impact of GHRM on nongreen work outcomes in Western Asia, particularly Lebanon, in addition to exploring the mediating role of visionary leadership in the relationship between GHRM and nongreen work outcomes.

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