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How Do Your Leaders Stack Up? Get Real Data to Build More Powerful Leadership Programs

Development Dimensions International launches survey for Global Leadership Forecast 2017|2018; participating organizations eligible to receive a free, comprehensive leadership benchmarking analysis

PITTSBURGH (Feb. 3, 2017) – Is your organization holding onto outdated or ineffective leadership practices, causing profits to fall behind its competitors? Does your organization understand how to engage and motivate Millennials, or is it causing the next generation of leaders to flee to greener pastures? Are your global expansion efforts underperforming because your leaders aren’t prepared for digital leadership in a foreign country?

To find out the answers to these questions, Development Dimensions International (DDI), in partnership with EY and The Conference Board, invites all organizations to learn how their leadership practices stack up by participating in the Global Leadership Forecast 2017|2018 survey, open today. Organizations that contribute to the study may be eligible to receive a free comprehensive benchmarking analysis of their leadership practices and how they stack up against other organizations globally, regionally and within their industries along with an analysis of how their leadership practices compare to organizations that are the top financial performers worldwide.

“We know from our last Global Leadership Forecast that organizations with high levels of leadership quality and leader engagement & retention are nine times more likely to outperform their peers financially,” said Evan Sinar, Ph.D., DDI chief scientist and vice president, Center for Analytics & Behavioral Research. “Participating in the Global Leadership Forecast survey is an unparalleled opportunity for organizations to receive objective data about specific ways in which they are supporting or failing their leaders, and how to change their leadership development strategy to better improve their financial goals.”

“Today, amid unprecedented competition and a rising premium placed on knowledge, organizations can only stay ahead of the curve by having second-to-none leaders,” said Rebecca L. Ray, Ph.D., executive vice president, Knowledge Organization at The Conference Board. “From cultivating Millennials to being at the forefront of digital transformation, the feedback gained from taking part in this survey will unquestionably take organizations and their leaders up a notch.”

Following prior GLF studies, this GLF will be the largest and most comprehensive study examining the current state of leadership worldwide and projecting the major issues facing leaders within organizations and across all major industries and economies over the next three years. The GLF will focus on current and emerging topics such as:

  • The role of leadership purpose
  • Engagement and retention of Millennial-generation employees
  • Adoption of technology into the learning environment
  • The state of and struggles with digital transformation
  • How well leaders balance empathy with execution

The business impact of leadership development programs.

Any organization may participate in the study. To receive the custom benchmarking analysis, each organization must meet minimum participation requirements.

The 2017|2018 study is the eighth in the series of GLF studies dating back to 1999. In the most recent study, 13,000 global leaders and 2,000 organizations contributed to the report.

The deadline to participate in the survey is April 30, 2017. The survey is available in English, French, German, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Bahasa, Portuguese and Spanish.

To participate in the survey or find out more information, visit

To view the results of the most recent Global Leadership Forecast, which was completed in 2014, go to

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About Development Dimensions International
DDI is a global human resources consultancy specializing in leadership assessment and development. We help companies transform the way they hire, promote and develop their leaders at every organizational level. Clients include half of the Fortune 500 and multinationals doing business across a vast array of industries from Berlin to Bangalore. We serve clients from 42 offices.

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About The Conference Board
The Conference Board is a global, independent business membership and research association working in the public interest. Our mission is unique: To provide the world's leading organizations with the practical knowledge they need to improve their performance and better serve society. The Conference Board is a non-advocacy, not-for-profit entity holding 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status in the United States.

About EY
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit

Available for interviews:

Evan Sinar, Ph.D., DDI chief scientist and vice president, Center for Analytics & Behavioral Research

Rebecca L. Ray, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Knowledge Organization, The Conference Board

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