New Study Seeks Insights on Business Leadership Development

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Brandon Hall Group, a leading independent human capital management research firm, asks employers tough questions about their leadership development programs’ failure to impact business results.

The real questions we must answer is why leadership development never seems to improve and what needs to change to drive better outcomes

Each year, most organizations invest more time and money trying to unlock the full potential of their leaders to improve business outcomes, usually with disappointing results. The question, “What makes a great leader?” is often difficult to understand and address.

Brandon Hall Group’s latest research showed that 68% of organizations consider leadership development essential or critical to their business strategies, while only 20% believe their leadership development program has a significantly positive impact on business results.

“The real questions we must answer is why leadership development never seems to improve and what needs to change to drive better outcomes,” said Claude Werder, Vice President and Principal HCM Analyst.

“Leadership development is vitally important and we want to be part of the solution by providing new frameworks and tools,” said Mike Cooke, CEO of Brandon Hall Group.

Brandon Hall Group is conducting a new leadership development study and seeks input from HCM managers and other business leaders about what works and what needs to change. The survey questions include:

  • Is leadership development focused on mastery of foundational skills? If not, why not?
  • Is leadership development focused on competencies that reflect business objectives? If not, why not?
  • Does your organization ensure personal and professional goals of high-potentials line up with business culture and objectives? If not, why not?
  • Do organizations measure leadership development in ways that show whether behaviors are changing? If not, why not?

The survey takes less than ten minutes to complete. Participants who finish the survey and provide their email address will receive a summary report of research results upon publication and instant access to Brandon Hall Group’s exclusive assessment tool, Assessing the Maturity of Your Leadership Development Program.

About Brandon Hall Group Inc.
Brandon Hall Group is an HCM research and advisory services firm that provides insights around key performance areas, including Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition and HR/Workforce Management.

With more than 10,000 clients globally and 25 years of delivering world-class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is focused on developing research that drives performance in emerging and large organizations, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.

At the core of our offerings is a Membership Program that combines research, benchmarking and unlimited access to data and analysts. The Membership Program offers insights and best practices to enable executives and practitioners to make the right decisions about people, processes and systems, with analyst advisory services that aim to put the research into action in a way that is practical and efficient. (

For additional information about our organization please contact Mike Cooke via mike.cooke(at)brandonhall(dot)com or via phone at (561) 306-3576.

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