In this year’s 2020 Annual Leadership Development Survey Report for Training magazine, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the value and importance of developing the heart of the leader, as well as other issues that differentiate high-performing organizations from others, particularly during these challenging times.
Much is studied and written about leadership style and competencies, but little addresses leadership character. Yet character is a central element of leadership success. Research on failures of leadership frequently point to issues of character as a central theme (“Leadership Character and Corporate Governance,” J. Gandz, M. Crossan, G. Seijts, and M. Reno, The Directors Journal, Institute of Corporate Directors, 2013). For this reason, we added a set of questions to this year’s survey to understand how organizations develop the character of their leaders. These questions helped illuminate the importance of leadership character to organizational performance and what organizations are doing to effectively develop the character of their leaders.
In this industry survey of more than 530 Learning and Development professionals, we added key questions to understand how organizations develop the character of their leaders. These questions helped illuminate the importance of leadership character to organizational performance and what organizations are doing to effectively develop the character of their leaders. The results can provide a road map for organizations wanting to gain a greater cultural and financial return on their leadership development investments.
Summary: Strengthening Leader Development
Develop leadership character
Focus on people skills
Get executives and the current generation of leaders engaged
Support next-generation transitions
Incorporate mindfulness into leadership development
Michael Leimbach, PhD, Wilson Learning Worldwide Inc.firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Leimbach, PhD, is Vice President of Global Research and Development for Wilson Learning Worldwide Inc. With more than 35 years in the field, Dr. Leimbach provides leadership for researching and designing Wilson Learning’s diagnostic, learning, and performance improvement capabilities. He has managed major research studies in sales, leadership, and organisational effectiveness, and has developed Wilson Learning’s impact evaluation capability and ROI models. He has served as a research consultant for global clients, was Editor-in-Chief of the ADHR journal, and serves on the ISO Technical Committee on Quality Standards for Learning Service Providers. Dr. Leimbach is a published author and frequent speaker at global conferences.