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Seeking Answers on the Lackluster State of Leadership

“Seeking Answers on the Lackluster State of Leadership” written by DDI’s Evan Sinar and Rich Wellins, and The Conference Board’s Rebecca Ray was featured in the December 2014 issue of TD Magazine.

The article features the Global Leadership Forecast 2014|2015, which indicates that leaders aren’t ready for the challenges before them.

According to The Conference Board CEO Challenge 2014: People and Performance, the challenges CEOs see as most critical are human capital, customer relationships, innovation, and operational excellence.

Yet, when asked if they considered themselves prepared for the top 10 CEO challenges, only 45 percent of leaders considered themselves “very prepared” for establishing high-quality customer relationships. The ratings are even lower for the other challenges keeping CEOs up at night: 27 percent for human capital (the top-rated challenge), 26 percent for innovation (rated second by CEOs), and 33 percent for operational excellence (rated third).

This alarming finding of the lackluster state of leadership amounts to a clarion call for change, but what exactly does that change need to look like?

The study includes data provided by more than 13,000 leaders and 1,500 HR professionals from 2,000 organizations across 48 countries.

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