The show must go on: leadership learning on Broadway

Stuart Paul*, Geoffrey Whittam

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    The pace and complexity of change in the economy places huge demands on organizational leaders. Where can those aspiring to lead 21st century organizations uncover successful approaches to leadership which place an emphasis on creative and innovative responses? This article presents findings from the first-ever study of the entrepreneurial leaders in one of America’s most dynamic and successful industries, namely the Broadway theater. The leaders studied are the Broadway theater producers whose endeavors have helped create an industry that is at the forefront of commercial success and artistic excellence.

    The study addressed two specific questions. First, what do producers need to learn in order to successfully lead teams engaged in developing and commercializing ideas for the Broadway stage? Second, how does this leadership learning happen; specifically, what activities and processes facilitate and enhance producers’ leadership capabilities? Based on this research, we provide a leadership learning framework to assist managers and scholars in understanding the relationship between the “what” and “how” of leadership learning. This will enable individuals to develop personal leadership learning strategies as well as encourage organizations to provide opportunities that foster effective leadership development.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)196-203
    Number of pages8
    JournalOrganizational Dynamics
    Issue number3
    Early online date6 Jun 2015
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015


    • leadership
    • learning strategies
    • Broadway

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