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Market Analyst Kennedy Ranks DDI #1 Leadership Development Provider

PITTSBURGH—Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory, the world’s leading source of consulting market analysis, gave Development Dimensions International (DDI) top ranking as the number one leadership development provider on its The Kennedy VanguardTM Matrix based the breadth and depth of its solutions.

“We are especially pleased that DDI was not only ranked at the top of the Matrix, but rated as one of two companies that are continually growing service offerings,” said Richard S. Wellins, Ph.D., DDI Senior Vice President.  “The rigorous process and objectivity that Kennedy applied when looking at the leadership development provider marketplace makes this acknowledgement even more significant.”

In their analysis of companies that are focused on leadership acceleration, Kennedy determined placement on the Matrix using a comprehensive evaluation process. It included in-depth reviews of materials, business models, and services of DDI and its competitors, interviews with clients, and an objective rating across seven major capabilities where DDI ranked very strong and strong in six of the seven reviewed including: Leadership Assessment, Leadership Competency Modeling, Leadership Learning Design, Leadership Capability Development, Leadership Performance Management and Change Management.

Kennedy Ranks DDI #1

Detailed results and commentary on industry trends were reported in Kennedy’s Leadership Development Consulting competitive landscape analysis (released December 2015).

According to Liz DeVito, Kennedy’s Associate Director Lead for HR Consulting Research and the author of this report, “DDI remains the world’s largest provider of leadership development services with an unparalleled capacity to deliver integrated, customized, and globally consistent programs, a capability cited by clients as a key differentiator in the selection process of a competitive bid. DDI’s ranking at the top was in recognition of the breadth and depth of its leadership development offerings, the strength of its innovation engine and its transformation from vendor to trusted advisor.”

The report identifies a number of additional DDI strengths that include:

  • Always continually challenges itself to deepen its understanding of leadership with a rigorous, scientific approach to research.
  • Extensive thought leadership that translates the science of leadership development into a management strategy for driving organizational effectiveness.
  • An alliance with EY (that) will strengthen its consulting capabilities and fuel further innovations through bundled service delivery and data analytics.

DDI was also identified as having the ability to serve major markets globally with strong positions across all four of the major geographic business regions identified in the report including: Asia Pacific, EMEA, Latin America and North America.

“Critical to this important recognition are our clients. We greatly appreciate the trust they have placed in DDI—pushing us to stay ahead of what they need so we develop better products and services,” said Tacy M. Byham, Ph.D., DDI CEO. “We are thrilled to be recognized by respected market analyst Kennedy as the global leader in leadership development.”

Source: ALM Intelligence, Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory, Leadership Development Consulting ©2015, used by permission under license agreement.


Available for interviews:
Tacy M. Byham, Ph.D., DDI CEO
Richard S. Wellins, Ph.D., DDI Senior Vice President

About Development Dimensions International (DDI): Founded in 1970, DDI is a global talent management consultancy that helps companies transform the way they hire, promote and develop their leaders. DDI’s expertise includes identifying and developing frontline leaders to executives. Clients include half of the Fortune 500 and multinationals doing business across a vast array of industries from Berlin to Bangalore and everywhere in between. We serve clients from 42 DDI-owned or closely-affiliated offices.

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About ALM Intelligence: An ALM Media Properties LLC Business: Kennedy Research Consulting & Advisory is now part of ALM Intelligence. Founded in 1970, ALM Consulting Intelligence provides accurate and reliable market sizing and forecasts on consulting services world-wide, needs-analysis and vendor profiling for buyers of consulting services, timely and insightful intelligence on the top consulting firms in their respective markets, and operational benchmarks that measure consulting performance. ALM Intelligence's parent company, ALM Media Properties, LLC is a global leader in specialized industry news and information. Trusted reporting delivered through innovative technology is the hallmark of ALM's award-winning media properties. Headquartered in New York City with 18 offices worldwide, ALM brands have been serving their markets since 1843. ALM was named among Folio: Magazine's Top Places to Work in Media in 2014. For more information, visit Additional information about ALM Consulting Intelligence is available: at

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