Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Are You Overlooking Leadership Talent?

By Jennifer Jones -  1/31/14

Global leadership development should identify individuals whose influence and following make them leaders, regardless of their position on the organizational chart.

More than half of global companies define leaders not by their position on the organization chart, but by their influence and performance. Findings from the fourth annual “Global Leadership Development: Everybody’s Game” survey from AMA Enterprise also indicate that organizations need to consider broadening their approach to leadership development programs, in terms of who participates and in content.

AMA Enterprise, where the author works, partnered with the Institute for Corporate Productivity and Training magazine to evaluate a study of 1,174 senior-level business, human resource and management professionals from 37 industry sectors in 40 countries. The survey was conducted in January 2013.

The largest proportion of participants, nearly four in 10 (Figure 1), said their definition of a leader is anyone whose role allows him or her to influence a group, regardless of direct reporting relationships. According to another 14 percent, a leader is anyone, whether they manage others or not, who is a top-performer in their specific role. In all, 53 percent of respondents consider people to be leaders not according to their authority, but their impact.

In global terms, pace-setting companies now recognize that leaders can emerge from a far broader group than those at the top of the organization chart. Teamwork, collaboration and contribution to success played key roles in shaping this trend.

“With organizations flattening and workplace challenges being more complex and requiring significantly broader collaboration, everyone needs to be able to step up,” said Brad Federman, founder and president of Performancepoint LLC, a performance management and employee engagement company. “Organizations that align structure, development and strategy around contribution and leadership capability will outperform those that don’t. The bottom line is … leadership development now needs to be an inclusive effort.”

Article reprinted fro Chief Learning Officer Online, January 31, 2014


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