Building Leadership Accountability With Your Managers

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Building Leadership Accountability With Your Managers It’s Your Front-line Supervisor that can Make or Break Your Business

Hey! It’s time to revisit our philosophy of leadership!

Your managers are being challenged like never before. The people who are in the offices, on the factory floors, and in the field managing the customer relationships are being told to lead with vision, insight and candor – and still drive the bottom line numbers that must go up every year. They struggle to reconcile the ideal with the reality, a process that seems to be chewing up some of the best managers – not for want of trying, but precisely because they are trying so hard.

Paradigm Learning conducted a research study to find some answers to those critical questions. We surveyed and partnered with companies like Lockheed Martin, Wachovia, Capital One, Motorola, Siemens Westinghouse and HCA Healthcare from first-line supervisor to vice president. 72 managers ranging in experience from two to more than twenty years were asked to participate in a special pilot to test the premise that “we need a new leadership perspective.”

The study took an in-depth look at how organizations were developing leaders and asked these basic questions:

  • Is there a new leadership reality, and what does that look like?
  • What do organizations really need from their managers regarding leadership?
  • What are the key leadership development challenges?
  • What are organizations and thought leaders doing to address those challenges?
  • What we found is that leadership is changing. You may have noticed this.

It rarely arrives in a flash of insight (“Hey! It’s time to revisit our philosophy of leadership!”). It’s more like that “boiling-frog effect”—a gradual dawning awareness that what used to work isn’t serving us as well as it used to, followed by discomfort, eventually evolving into a debilitating organizational pain.

Call it a new age of worker accountability. Call it the practice of the learning organization. Use any buzzword you like. The point is, organizational leadership is morphing into something new, moving out of the top-floor corporate suites and into the thought processes of each and every employee. That’s the new frontier of leadership. To call it a revolution is no overstatement.

I thought the results of this study would make for an interesting article for your readers. If you are interested, then contact me and I will get you some more data or we can even byline a short article for your publication.

Thank you,

Diana Blackburn
Paradigm Learning

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: on behalf of the company listed above.


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