The Talent Development Centre as an Integrated Positive Psychological Leadership Development and Talent Analytics Framework

  • Frederick Wilhelm StanderEmail author
  • Llewellyn Ellardus Van Zyl


The purpose of this chapter is to explore the value of an integrated Talent Development Centre (TDC) approach as a dynamic, hybrid, positive psychological leadership development and talent analytics framework within organizations. Specifically, the chapter aims to explore the modern idea of the TDC, its theoretical underpinnings and its practical and procedural application to meet the development demands of inter-connected-, dynamic- and digital organisations. The chapter is structured through three core components: Firstly, an overview is provided on the evolution of the TDC as a hybrid assessment and development centre. The purpose-, function-, and differentiation between assessment—and development centres are presented. Secondly, an argument is made for the adoption of a developmental and learning orientation towards TDC’s—supporting a positive organisational intervention approach while expanding on the theoretical premise of competency-based learning and assessment design. Thirdly, key principles for the successful implementation of a contemporary TDC is put forward; responsive to the demands of a dynamic and expansive work context driven by a number of emerging trends. Recommendations are provided pertaining to the role of TDC’s in integrated succession planning, leader readiness, talent calibration and intervention mapping on both individual—and group level.


Training and development Talent development Talent development centre Leadership development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederick Wilhelm Stander
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Llewellyn Ellardus Van Zyl
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Optentia Research Focus AreaNorth-West University (VTC)VanderbijlparkSouth Africa
  2. 2.Psychai Talent GroupJohannesburgSouth Africa
  3. 3.Department of Industrial EngineeringEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands

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