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Leadership development and self-development: an empirical study

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Abstract:

This paper explores, theoretically and empirically, some relationships between self-development and leadership development. A theory about consciousness and leadership practices will be presented drawing from both modern science and the oldest texts on consciousness, the Vedas. Empirically, in a small, preliminary eight-month pretest-posttest control group study in one company, 24 subjects who learned a standard self-development technique, Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation, grew more in their expression of leadership behaviors, measured by the Leadership Practices Inventory, and expressed in individual and group interviews (0.05 and 0.01 significance).

Keywords: Leadership; Self-Development

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/13620439910262813

Publication date: March 1, 1999

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