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Leader Development Deconstructed

  • Matthew G. Clark
  • Craig W. Gruber

Part of the Annals of Theoretical Psychology book series (AOTP, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. The Individual, Personality, and Cognition Involved in Leader Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Angela M. Yarnell, Neil E. Grunberg
      Pages 23-50
    3. Marco R. Furtner, Thomas Maran, John F. Rauthmann
      Pages 75-99
    4. Craig W. Gruber
      Pages 101-114
    5. Rebecca J. Reichard, Jason E. Beck
      Pages 115-140
  3. Considering Behavior in Leader Development

  4. Social and Environmental Influences on Leader Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Neil E. Grunberg, Erin S. Barry, Hannah G. Kleber, John E. McManigle, Eric B. Schoomaker
      Pages 301-321
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 333-338

About this book


This book examines both academic and practical theories relating to leader development. It broadens the scope of this topic by including data-driven theory and proposals from diverse areas that are either not currently represented or are poorly addressed in existing literature. This 15th volume in the Annals of Theoretical Psychology series aims to propose, identify, and characterize new theoretical, educational, and practical gaps in leader development. The initial chapters explore concepts related to individual or internal aspects of leaders. Subsequent chapters deconstruct leader development by considering behaviors or skills and various environmental factors that affect development. The book also examines shortcomings of our current understanding of this topic that cuts across multiple disciplines. 

Topics featured in this book include:
  • Cognition, readiness to lead, courage through dialogue, and relationship considerations 
  • Behavioral elements and approaches for developing followership, conflict management, creativity, virtue, and epistemic cognition in growing leaders for complex environments.
  • Seven Steps to establish a Leader and Leadership Education and Development Program. 
  • The Dark Triad of personality, psychobiosocial perspectives, and mental ability in leaders
Leader Development Deconstructed will be of interest to research scholars, academics, educators, and practitioners as well as executive coaches, college or university administrators, military leaders, philanthropic and non-profit organization leaders, and management consultants. 

"Despite the extensive body of knowledge associated with leader and leadership development, significant gaps still exist in our understanding of these processes. This book is a noteworthy effort to help fill in the blanks through empirical research and contextual application. It is worthy of perusal by anyone interested in becoming a more effective leader or leader developer."
Bernard Banks, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Leadership Development, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management 

"One of the most powerful ways leaders can have an impact on others and their mission is to manage for innovation... This book is a great step in moving towards exploring how you do that, and I'm thrilled to be a part of that conversation!"
Frances Hesselbein, President and CEO, Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute


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Editors and affiliations

  • Matthew G. Clark
    • 1
  • Craig W. Gruber
    • 2
  1. 1.Northeastern UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.College of Professional StudiesNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA

About the editors

Matthew G. Clark, PhD, PMP, is a Research Psychologist (behavioral neuroscientist) and program manager in the United States Army and an independent consultant on neuroscience and leadership topics. He is also a Lecturer for Northeastern University and is the former Director of the Eisenhower Leader Development Program and professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. In that role he implemented a novel leader development certificate program with Columbia University focused on better preparing noncommissioned officers for developing leaders of character. He has conducted research or published on leader development, support for military families, developmental language disorders, learning, motivation, psychopharmacology, and medical product development. He also has over 25 publications and professional reports and is active in strategic leadership of a large non-profit organization.

Craig W. Gruber, PhD, is the lead faculty and Director of Security and Intelligence programs at Northeastern University.  He has written on courage and presented notionally and internationally on security, intelligence, and forensic science.  He developed Northeastern University’s master’s degree programs in Homeland Security and Strategic Intelligence and Analysis, and is based at the Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security.  He also serves on the board of the Order of The Sword and Shield, where he is the Director of Academic Advancement.  He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Theoretical Psychology, and has written an introductory psychology textbook and numerous articles.

Bibliographic information


“This is an essential collection of essays on shaping leaders and understanding leadership. Gruber and Clark tackle some of the hardest questions about leader formation and the ethical challenges of effective leadership, including rich and nuanced considerations of 'Dark leadership' and leadership-as-courage. The emphasis on dialogue, personal experience, and values is vitally needed. Useful as a foundation text for leadership studies or simply a thought-provoking read, Leader Development Deconstructed should have wide influence.” (Peter Temes, Dean and Campus Chief Executive, Northeastern University, Seattle)