Employees want leaders who can envision a positive future state for the organization and then engage and inspire the workforce.
Oklahoma City, OK, February 19, 2016 — Employees want leaders who can envision a positive future state for the organization and then engage and inspire the workforce. So say the results of a survey of leaders from 466 of the world’s most notable organizations across the globe who participated in 2016 Trends in Executive Development biennial survey.
“People need leadership. We see it in the trends, and we see it in the work every day,” says Bonnie Hagemann, CEO of Executive Development Associates. The “2016 Trends in Executive Development: A Benchmark Report” is the product of collaboration between Executive Development Associates (EDA), Pearson TalentLens, and Performance Assessment Network (PAN).
In 2014, the trends showed that the ability to create a compelling vision and engage others around it was the most important capability needed for next generation leaders. That remains true in 2016.
While the need for leadership remained steady, the new results indicate a slight shift in how leaders approach challenges with a new emphasis on cognitive readiness and a continued emphasis on critical thinking.
Hagemann notes that since 2009, critical thinking, the ability to recognize assumptions, evaluate arguments and draw conclusions, has topped the trends as a key development need for senior leaders. “In 2016, we see the connected but more advanced level of mental skills of cognitive readiness gain in importance. Cognitive readiness, defined further in the report, is the mental, emotional and interpersonal preparedness for uncertainty and risk.”
In addition and possibly the biggest shift in the 2016 trends is a much greater focus on the customer.
“This is a major point in the research,” says Hagemann. “I believe, executive development will be positively impacted by this new trend as leaders learn to drive organizations that are customer centric in their solutions and integrated in their approach.”
In order to track the growth and evolution of executive education and development trends, Executive Development Associates, Inc. has conducted this research every two to four years since 1983. The 2016 Trends Report which is used by organizations to benchmark their own executive development practices shows that the shifting markets and impact of technology are pushing executives to learn new skills and make changes in their approach.
The 60-page Trends report may be obtained through EDA. For more information contact: Amy Sullivan, Director of Operations, Executive Development Associates. firstname.lastname@example.org or 866.393.2338 ext. 109
Executive Development Associates is a leader in creating custom-designed executive development strategies, systems and programs that help organizations build the capabilities needed to achieve their strategic objectives. EDA leads the way in the use of executive development to help organizations successfully address their marketplace challenges and accelerate the execution of their business strategy utilizing various approaches including custom executive development programs, c-suite and executive coaching, action learning, leadership workshops, executive assessment and more. For more information, visit www.executivedevelopment.com.
About Pearson TalentLens:
Pearson TalentLens publishes scientific assessments that are used globally to hire and develop the 21st century workforce. Our instruments measure critical thinking, problem solving, and a range of job skills to deliver data-driven insights that inform and clarify an organization’s human capital decisions. Learn more at www.TalentLens.com
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