Senior Leader Summary 2008


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The summary of findings from LCPs report into development of senior leaders.

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Senior Leader Summary 2008

  1. 1. LEARNING CONSULTANCY PARTNERSHIP What companies are doing to develop their senior leaders Summary of key findings September 2008
  2. 2. talent Summary management programmes (26%, n=6). This study used an online, self- completion, survey to identify Mentoring was the most senior leader development popular development activity activities. taking place in over half (56%, n=13) of the organisations Twenty-three companies took part. and industry-specific training Over a third (39%) came from the was also popular (48%, information technology sector and n=11). Work based stretch the rest were pretty equally divided assignments, networking between manufacturing, leisure (35%, n=8), self-directed and hospitality, retail/wholesale, learning and psychometrics professional services (all 13%) and (30%, n=7) were also used. finance/insurance, construction The least reported activities (both 9%) and real estate (4%). were voluntary work (9%, n=2) and learning sets (4%, Nearly half (48%) have been in n=1). business for over 10 years and the rest (52%) have been in business Mentoring was also reported for between two and ten years. as the most useful and relevant for senior leaders Forty-three percent employ less (48%, n=11) with executive than 50 people, 22% employ coaching a close second between 50 and 99, 17.5% employ (44%, n=10). Three sixty over 500 people and 17.5% employ degree feedback (39%, n=9); between 100 and 500 people. work based stretch assignments (35%, n=8) and industry specific training (30%, n=7) were also seen as valuable. Business school Findings programmes and voluntary work were deemed to be the Training and development least helpful. activity There was a significant, The appraisal process was positive relationship between cited as the most popular the development activities method for identifying senior provided for senior leaders leaders development needs and those they reported as (70%, n=16), followed by being useful and relevant career development reviews ,indicating that senior leaders (48%, n=11); training needs are more discerning about analysis (39%, n= 9); which development succession planning interventions they agree to. processes (30%, n=7) and 2 (c) 2007 Learning Consultancy Partnership all rights reserved
  3. 3. Training providers (4%, n=1) were reported as the least Respondents used a mix of important topics. training providers. The most popular were external, private The greatest obstacles to providers (70%, n=16) and in- undertaking senior leader house training staff (48%, development were financial n=11). Less popular were cost (70%, n=16), and lost colleges and universities working time (48%, n=11). (22%, n=5) and local enterprise agencies (13%, n=3). Over a third (39%, n=9), used industry specific Different development training organisations. needs? Impact on business Over half (56%, n=13), performance believed the development needs for senior managers The most popular measures are different from other for measuring senior leader managers and comments development on business included: performance were employee feedback (61%, n=14), broader training needs customer feedback (44%, n=10) and turnover (39%, being fully accountable n=9). Qualifications were only used as a measure by 4% senior leaders needs are (n=1). Just over a quarter around future focus, visioning (26%, n=6), had no measures that creates inspiration for in place. others and leading change . A total of 64% (n=14) felt that Almost a quarter (22%, n=5), developing senior leaders did not agree that their needs improved business differed and 22% (n=5) did performance to some extent , not respond to the question. 23% (n=5) answered significantly and 14% (n=3 The main gaps in senior reported they were not sure . leader development were reported as a lack of suitable Strategy formation was courses/programmes, leading reported as the most change and being a manager important topic for executive rather than a leader. development, followed by Although the list was quite people development (48%, varied. n=11) and leading/facilitating change (44%, n=10). Analytical capability (13%, n=3) and global knowledge 3 (c) 2007 Learning Consultancy Partnership all rights reserved
  4. 4. Priorities for the coming 12 months Thirty percent (n=7), had strategy and leadership in their top three priorities for the coming year. Just over a quarter (26%, n=6), had communication as a top priority. Conclusion These findings support the idea that senior leaders development requirements are different from other manager populations and a variety of initiatives are being used, ranging from individually focussed coaching and mentoring through to professional or academic qualifications. The results also support the view that senior leaders are participating in development activities they see as relevant to their needs. An area which is less tangible is the extent to which senior leader development is contributing to business success and further study in this area may produce some interesting insights. Further Information The full report is available by contacting Learning Consultancy Partnership at: 4 (c) 2007 Learning Consultancy Partnership all rights reserved