Developing leadership by building psychological capital

By Marian N. Ruderman & Cathleen Clerkin
Center for Creative Leadership


Leadership development often focuses on “competencies”, the behavioral skills and areas of knowledge needed by a business, while ignoring the role that psychological resources play in leadership. This report shares finding from a recent CCL study on psychological capital within CCL’s Leadership Development Program (LDP)®. LDP was found to positively affect psychological capital. Self-regulation techniques in conjunction with LDP were also examined. This report examines psychological capital, its value as a leadership resource, and the means by which it can enhanced.


Ruderman, M. N., & Clerkin, C. (2015). Developing leadership by building psychological capital [White paper]. Center for Creative Leadership.

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