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The Impact of Arts-Based Leadership Development on Leader Mind-Set: A Field Experiment

Garavan, Thomas N; McGarry, Ann; Watson, Sandra; D'Annunzio-Green, Norma; O'Brien, Fergal


Thomas N Garavan

Ann McGarry

Sandra Watson

Norma D'Annunzio-Green

Fergal O'Brien


The Problem Arts-based leadership interventions have gained a foothold in the leadership development literature; however, few studies have investigated their effectiveness. These interventions include music, drama, art, and performance and are utilized to develop dimensions of leader mind-set.
The Solution In this study, an arts-based intervention (leadership drawing exercise) is evaluated. Utilizing a quasi-experimental, pre-test, post-test design, we evaluate the impact of an arts-based intervention on four dimensions of leader mind-set: emotional intelligence, leader identity, openness to experience, and feedback orientation. Leaders in the arts-based intervention showed significantly greater improvement in emotional intelligence, leader identity, and feedback orientation.
The Stakeholders This article informs leadership development researchers, those making decisions about investment in leadership development and those who deliver leadership development. The article will be of interest to organizations that have to justify investment in leadership development.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jul 14, 2015
Publication Date 2015-08
Deposit Date Oct 23, 2015
Journal Advances in Developing Human Resources
Print ISSN 1523-4223
Electronic ISSN 1552-3055
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 3
Pages 391-407
Keywords arts-based leadership interventions; emotional intelligence;leader identity; openness to experience and feedback; orientation;
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