Management Research Group Study Identifies Leadership Competencies That Differentiate High Potential Leaders from Others

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Strategic visioning and pushing themselves and others to achieve challenging goals are two of several areas rated significantly higher by bosses for managers considered to have high future potential.

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This research on high potential leaders illustrates an opportunity to develop effective leaders who may not be viewed as having the highest future potential.

Management Research Group (MRG) studied 771 managers and department heads between the ages of 20-35. Their bosses rated individuals using MRG's Leadership Effectiveness Analysis assessment, which assesses 22 leadership practices and 26 competency areas. The results found that those individuals considered to have "unlimited" future potential when compared to those rated below that level scored significantly higher on:

  •     Strategic visioning and planning for the future
  •     Pushing themselves and others to achieve challenging goals
  •     A willingness to take charge and a desire to influence others
  •     A comfort with change, fast pace, and innovation
  •     A willingness to challenge the status quo and perceptions of those in authority

"This research on high-potential leaders illustrates an opportunity to develop effective leaders who may not be viewed as having the highest future potential", said Rob Kabacoff, Ph.D. and V.P. of Research at MRG. "The effectiveness of high-potential leaders can be enhanced by focusing their development on building strong relationships, taking time to gather input, understanding the value of constructively persuading others and slowing down enough to bring others along with them."

On May 15, 2013, MRG will be conducting a free webinar about this study and the findings. For more information or to register, please visit us at

For more information specifically about this study, please refer to the executive summary located here:

About Management Research Group, Inc.

Founded in 1983, Management Research Group is an international assessment firm specializing in Strategic Leadership Development, Personal Development and Motivation, and Sales Force Effectiveness. Our unique semi-ipsative questionnaire design significantly reduces rater biases, producing more accurate, valid and actionable feedback. We have one of the largest databases in the world developed from over 30 years of research, a network of more than 1500 consultants active in over 100 countries, and our assessments are available in 15 languages and normed in 15 countries and eight global regions. For more information, visit us at

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