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Strong Leaders Grow Others

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High-Performing Leaders

Strong Leaders Grow Others

Strong Leaders:

Coach others to improve and excel. High scorers were 2.9 times more likely to create agreement and motivate others to improve their performance and prepare for success in new roles.

Build a legacy of successful teams. High scorers were 2.9 times more likely to exhibit flexibility when interacting with direct reports, a critical skill for building cohesive and high-performing teams.

Empower others to act autonomously. High scorers were 3 times more likely to build employee capability by assigning tasks with clear boundaries, expectations, and follow-up.

Outstanding leaders aim to leave their mark on those they manage. They strive to create stronger teams and team members who are better prepared for advanced roles. Their efforts and leadership philosophy are foundational to the “grow your own” approach used by companies wishing to design, fuel, and access an internal pipeline of leadership talent. According to our research, companies that fill more than 80 percent of their leader roles with internal candidates are 3.8 times more likely to have higher post-appointment leader success rates.

But there is more to this story. A sustainable pipeline, with a self-replenishing talent pool, depends on leader behaviors. Leaders must recognize—and actively pursue—daily opportunities to offer feedback on employee skill gaps. They need to create and assign developmental assignments, and be willing to step back from personal authority over every project so that employees can step forward.

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