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Why leadership-development programs fail

mckinsey.com

Leadership development is viewed as a current and future priority. Despite efforts to produce and nurture new leaders, only 7 percent of senior managers think that their companies develop global leaders effectively. Around 30 percent of US companies admit that they lack enough leaders with the ri...

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Overlooking context

Many training initiatives assume that the same group of skills or leadership styles are suitable without considering the strategy or organizational culture of a company.

An excellent leader in one situation does not necessarily perform well in another. Focusing on context means equippin...

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Companies face a challenge when it comes to planning the program's curriculum.  Adults typically retain only 10 percent of what they hear in classroom lectures, but nearly two-thirds when they learn by doing. 

The answer seems straightforward: tie leadership development to real on-the-j...

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Becoming a more effective leader means addressing and changing underlying mindsets. It often requires identifying some of the deepest thoughts, feelings, assumptions, and beliefs that are too often sidestepped in development programs.

For example, successful adoption of the value of dele...

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Many companies understand the importance of developing leadership skills but do not quantify the value of their investment.

Evaluation of leadership development can include:

  • Participant feedback that includes set targets.
  • Assessing the extent of behavioral change. ...

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