On-the-job experience can be a powerfully transformative tool for professional growth—in fact, research indicates it may be the primary vehicle for learning critical leadership skills. Many companies use job assignments to groom high-potential managers, but what kinds of experiences are really valuable for developing manager potential?
In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, Paul Tesluk talks about how to help employees stretch to develop into top managers. Tesluk and co-author Joyce E. A. Russell, Ralph J. Tyser Distinguished Teaching Fellow, with former Smith PhD student Lisa Dragoni, now at Cornell University, and In-Sue Oh, University of Iowa, examine the effectiveness of “stretch assignments” in new research in the Academy of Management Journal.
Paul Tesluk University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business